The treatment of Blacks as appendages of colonial South African history in conventional history texts means that in the absence of anything else, the real story may never be told.
Even in this day and age, there are political leaders and some people on public platforms who are still intent on portraying Black people in a particular way. Some even go as far as arguing that colonialism was, in fact, a positive mechanism of advancement for Blacks.
Tale-end Of The Tale is a book that tells the history of Black South Africans from a different viewpoint, a “Black” viewpoint. The book is a concerted effort to reconstruct the history of Black South Africans from as far back in time as possible to present day South Africa. To this end, existing archaeological, historical, linguistic, oral/traditional, current and other records, together with their attendant disputations, were used.
There is currently no record known to the author of similar work on the subject. As a means of separating himself completely from the message, the author employs the pseudonym “Galachani Gulatino”.
The Tail-end of the Tale looks at history not as a static record – usually of wars of the past – but as part of the continual story of a people. The book incorporates the social, cultural, spiritual and economic dimensions in addition to the usual political dimension of history.
It attempts to recount history in a captivating manner full of emotion and purpose.
The book is artistically rendered, giving it a relaxed, approachable feel rather than a strictly academic one. It therefore has the potential to appeal to audiences from all walks of life, drawing public attention to matters of the past that might help us understand the present better and shape the future wisely.
Given its slant, The Tail-end of the Tale is sure to stir up debate about the true identity of Bantu anew, both within and without South Africa.
Ultimately, The Tail-end of the Tale is an unprecedented celebration of Bantu of South Africa: a celebration of their trials, tribulations and triumphs.