Themba Jabulani is sentenced to death, by firing squad, for stealing a kid goat. His crime; trying to save his family from starving. Mafeking, surrounded by 6000 Boer commandos, is the key to communications between Bulawayo and Kimberley.
It is understood that you have armed Bastards, Fingoes and Baralongs against us – in this you have committed an enormous act of wickedness…reconsider the matter, even if it cost you the loss of Mafeking… disarm your blacks and thereby act the part of a white man in a white man’s war.
General Cronje 29th October 1899
General Cronje’s orders are clear; take Mafeking and drive the British out of Africa. Themba’s prosecutor, Colonel Baden-Powell, is no ordinary soldier and his defence of Mafeking will be no ordinary fight. For two hundred and seventeen days Mafeking is under siege. While seven thousand natives starve, the white garrison, outnumbered and outgunned, fight on, driven by one man’s ruthless determination to win at any price; a price the natives are going to pay. This is a war with strange rules. A war where the innocent become victims and heroes will be made. Themba Jabulani is a victim of A White Man’s War. Read more…