What were the effects of the Bambatha rebellion?

What were the effects of the Bambatha rebellion?
  • The Zulu were defeated by the British on 10th June /1906.
  • The Zulu lost their independence to the British.
  • Din Zulu was arrested by the Natal government on the allegation that he had been behind the rebellion.

  • The Zulu offered manual labour in mines and farms of whites for survival after the rebellion.
  • Wide spread famine affected the people because crops and plantations were set on fire in the fighting.
  • Many people lost their lives. For example more than 3000 Africans including Bambatha lost their lives. The whites lost 32 soldiers.
  • The Africans become poorer while the whites grew richer after the rebellion.
  • Property was destroyed including plants and animals.
  • Many Zulus were displaced during and after the rebellion.
  • Depopulation in Zulu land was registered as many people were killed.

  • The Zulu learnt a lesion that they were militarily inferior to the whites and hence changed the means of resisting white rule.
  • Zulu military glory was given a death blow by the failure of the Bambatha rebellion.
  • The Natal government made reforms in their administration of the Zulu. For example four whites were appointed to represent the interests of the Africans in the legislative council.
  • The idea of uniting all-white states in South Africa was favoured by defeat of the Zulus.
  • Led to the formation of independent churches in Zululand.
  • The Zulu stated respecting whites.

  • Segregation of Africans by whites increased.
  • Zulu nationalism increased with their defeat.


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