The balanced and accurate History, especially the Liberation History of Sakhisizwe Municipality areas has yet to be written. Following is a brief account of the Bathandwa Ndondo Route which is part of the bigger Chris Hani Route under the Chris Hani District Municipality. The route comprises of:

•    The Elliot Five
•    Bathandwa Ndondo Route
•    Mnxe Location
•    Phumezo Nxiweni
•    Traditional Leaders: Stokwe Ndlela and Gecelo

The Elliot Five
MK Cadres had performed an operation in the Butterworth and Security Forces put up roadblocks on all exits from Transkei. The vehicle carrying the MK cadres the roadblock at Navar farm about 5 km from Elliot. A gun battle took place at which MK cadres Zola Mqadi and Lungile Sifuba were killed (7 August 1981). Other Cadres including Mathabatha Sexwale escaped to Barkly Pass where they were shot and killed a week later.

Bathandwa Ndondo Assasination Site
Bathandwa Ndondo (1963-1985) did is primary schooling in Cala where he stayed with his aunt, Mrs Ntsebeza. He became politically active while studying law at the University of Transkei where he was elected as a member of the Student Representative Council. He was expelled during his third year and became a fieldworker for the Health Care Trust in Cala. On 24 September 1985, he was picked up by police, acting under the direction of Vlakplaas Commender, Eugene De Kock. Bathandwa jumped out of the police vehicle and made for the nearest house, belonging to Mrs Vikilahle. The police followed, shouting ‘Shoot the Dog!’ and Bathandwa perished. The  responsible police headed for Barkly East where they celebrated with a braai and drinks, as well as receiving a reward of R 500 each.
Mnxe Location
During the period of Tshisatshisa (burn-burn) (1958-1963), people of Mnxe resisted the imposition of rehabilitation and of chiefship, publicly insulting KD Matanzima by saying that he might be chief at Qamata, not but he was not wanted in Xhalanga District. The opposition took the name of amaDyakopu after the Jacobins of the French revolution. Matanzima brought in his ‘soldiers’ from Qamata, not real soldiers at all but thugs. Mr Manzana Vintwembi was killed by these people, and even decapitated. Others were assaulted and tortured with electric shockes. Teachers were dismissed and deported. The people’s Stock was looted and their furniture was destroyed.

Phumezo Nxiweni
Phumwza (1965-1988) was a medical student at the University of Natal when he was recruited into MK. Following the 1985 ANC decision to step up the armed struggle, he was involved in an MK cell which carried out bombings in Durban. He was arrested in 1985 and eventually released, only to be abducted and killed by the apartheid regime in 1988.

Traditional Leaders: Stokwe Ndlela and Gecelo
Traditional Leaders first became aware of colonial rule when Mr. Levey, the Magistrate at Souhteyville near Cofimvaba, started to collect taxes and to claim authority over them. The final straw came when they were told to surrender their guns. The same week hat Dalasile attacked
Ngcobo, Stokwe Ndlela of AmaQwathi and Gecelo of AmaGcina, together with Siqungathi of am Hala, Attacked Lady Frere. The colonial army , however, had been informed that Stokwe was riding a white horse. He was badly wounded at the battle of Ndonga and hidden in a nearby cave. It would appear the cave collapsed , killing Stokwe, but his exact gravesite is not known. Gecelo survived the war, but his Great Placewas expropriated to make space for Cala town. He was buried at Mbenge.