SA: Celebrating Reconciliation Day Through the Arts
This historic battle between the Voortrekkers and Zulu warriors, which resulted in the defeat of Zulu Kingdom ruler Dingane kaSenzangakhona’s men and his subsequent fleeing of Natal, has been commemorated and later made a public holiday.
From Dingane’s Day to the Day of the Vow, which is said to have marked the prayer the Voortrekkers took ahead of the battle, December 16 has over the years been known as many things.
“Until the National Party seized power in 1948, this day was observed as Dingane’s Day. After 1948 the National Party government set about politicising this day to legitimise their apparent uniqueness and historical relationship with God. Hence in 1952, Dingane’s Day officially became the Day of the Covenant or the Day of the Vow,” writes website SA History.