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The Pedi , also baPedi or Bapedi , are a Bantu people native to South Africa and a part of the Sotho people . Most of the Bapedi live in the north of South Africa in the Limpopo Province . Their language is North Sotho , which is also called Sepedi or, to simplify, Pedi. It is one of the eleven official languages ​​of the Republic of South Africa.

The most famous rulers of the Bapedi in the 19th century are Sekwati and his son Sekhukhune . After several unsuccessful attempts, the British and Boers were able to defeat Sekhukhune in 1879, thus subjugating the Bapedi and asserting the colonial and settlement areas they claimed.


  • Ulrich van der Heyden : Studies on the socio-economic development status and the tribal organization of the Pedi in Transvaal (South Africa) on the eve of their colonial subjugation. In: Ethnographisch-Archäologische Zeitschrift, No. 4, Berlin 1986, pp. 569–594.

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