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Examples of Umbandeni
This alliance was concluded under circumstances so peculiar that they are worthy of a brief recapitulation.
The assault was committed by a Boer named Wessels Badenhorst, who shamefully ill-treated the man, beat him till he fainted, and, on his revival, fastened a rim around his neck, and made him run to the homestead by the side of his (Badenhorst's) horse cantering.
He further made a treaty of alliance with him, and promised him a commando to help him in case of his being attacked by the Zulus.
We are further instructed by the king to thank the Natal Government for the influence it used to stop the intended raid, and for instructing a Boer commando to go to his country to render him assistance in case of need; and further for appointing Mr. Randolph at the head of the commando to place him (Umbandeni) as king over the Amaswazi, and to make a treaty with him and his people on behalf of the Natal Government. . . . . .
Now comes the curious part of the story.