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"BULALA abaTagati" means in Zulu, "Kill the Wizards!" These were the words Zulu king Dingane used in 1838, when ordering his bodyguards to execute the Boer emissaries, shortly after their mutual signing of a land treaty.  

The gripping tale of the beginnings of a small, brave, Christian nation born of both extremes of the emotional spectrum: conflict, turmoil, and tragedy as well as love, dedication, and adventure—this exciting historical account of the history of South Africa (from earliest times to the end of the 2nd Anglo-Boer War at the dawn of the 20th Century) is woven as a rich tapestry into the form of a novel.  

Dutch, English, French Huguenot, German, Indian, Irish, Khoi, Malay, Portuguese, Scots, Xhosa, Zulu and other peoples struggle with and against each other in this factual account, which depicts the events as they happened, as well as the beliefs in the hearts and the thoughts in the minds of those people during those times; yet while this moving saga reveals how and why things were done as they were, it does so without condemning or condoning behavior. The reader is free to draw their own conclusions and do their own moralizing.  

Deeply researched, the Scottish-Irish-descended South African-born author traveled over 15,500 miles (25,000 km) across South Africa to every historical site mentioned in the narrative, in his first-hand investigative research. You will learn, laugh, and cry; but more importantly, understand the actual events which transpired in this controversial, southern-most African nation, without the bias of the media or the pressured slant of special-interest groups.  

BULALA is a dramatized historical narrative which is based on factual events but woven into a story. Although this book is written in novel form, most of the characters are actual historical figures, and the vast majority of the events described actually happened, as depicted.  

Apart from being so highly entertaining that you will find it hard to put this book down, the historically accurate presentation will allow the non-South African reader to understand South Africa as well as it can possibly be understood by an outsider. Further, modern nations may possibly learn some lessons and avoid similar pitfalls which may threaten their domestic tranquility, and ultimately, destroy their culture.

Softcover, 392 pages including 3 maps.

Customer Reviews

Based on 8 reviews
Craig Scheepers
My 7 month wait was worth it.

After waiting for 7 Months to receive the book from my Parents due to the SA postal Service or US Customs inefficiency, I can only rate this book a 10 out of 5. I cannot wait to let my American friends read it to see how similar our histories are and how close they are to going the same way as South Africa currently is.
Open your eyes dear friends!

Dirk Wessels

Outstanding research and written in an easy read novel and containing facts about the making of South Africa, Excellent

Carl G Loy
A book for all seasons and all people

I have it on my list of books to read again. It is that intriguing. It is a masterpiece and a work of art, a historical word picture of a courageous people. I can't imagine anyone who lives history, missing out on this great read; it is educational and so well presented, poignant and becoming more and more appropriate in view of these times and current events.

BULALA: A True Story of South Africa - Cuan Elgin

A little political I feel, revealing a bit of bitterness at the current Government between the lines and odd comments BUT I am thoroughly enjoying it, it touches my heart and brings up anger and sadness - I am though, quite biased being of the white African tribe as my ancestors arrived in the Western Cape, from France, in 1689 (we have documented and traced them back through the paternal line). This book is really close to home, very close. Well done Mr Elgin - let us hope it sees a wide audience that read with positive eyes and accept that you've done your due diligence.


An accurate depiction of our history,told honestly warts and all,Recommended reading for those that want to know and understand the Boer.


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