1. Who was Benedict Daswa?


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Tshimangadzo Samuel DASWA, the firstborn son of Tshililo Petrus Daswa (Bakali) and Thidziambi Ida DASWA (Gundula), was born on 16th June 1946 in Mbahe Village situated 30 kilometres from Thohoyandou the main town of the former Venda Homeland, Limpopo Province, South Africa in the Diocese of Tzaneen.

The Daswa family belonged to the black African tribe called the Lemba or Black Jews.  Their clan name was Bakali.

They followed the Semitic traditions such as kosher-like dietary restrictions, male circumcision rites, strict rules against inter-marriage and Semitic sounding clan names. These beliefs and practices were instilled in the children. Samuel’s parents were hardworking, enterprising and renowned for hospitality and kindness.

Samuel Daswa had three younger brothers and a sister: Thanyani Mackson. Muvhulawa Calson, Thinavhuyo Mavis and Humbulani Innocent (+).

As was common, he was a herd boy prior to going to school. From working in his father’s garden, he developed a great love of working with the soil and growing vegetables.


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