This was written in prison in 1979 when we celebrated the ‘year of the spear’. Later it was circulated in various ways, but never published. I did not have a copy of this and thank Kayalethu Khaya Sebastian Hamana, who received it in 1990, for sending it to me. Makhanda or Nxele (the left-handed one) was a Xhosa warrior/prophet who led an attack on the British garrison in Grahamstown in 1819. He was sent to Robben Island, where he died trying to escape.