3. The Fatata are divided into four branches (not segments, as the others say), equal in numbers, and almost equally powerful (except in Sefiso, where the chief is overbearing and lawless): Washo, M’Nqolo, the Bapedi, and the Umtondo. The first of these are the Barolong, the Bapedi the Maasai, the Nxaro the Bakwena, the Umtondo the Makololo, and the M’Nqolo the Makalaka. Their intercourse is generally very friendly, and these tribes of the north are extremely jealous of each other. The Barolong live east of Bapediland, and north of the Bapedi; they are very pleasant, as their chief’s wife is still alive, and they are fond of showing her to visitors, and of treating them on all occasions with great hospitality. Situated on the borders between the Barolong and the Mashonko, the latter, who are warm friends with the Umtonda, often tempt the Barolong people to unprovoked murder, and, at feasts, catch the grease from their milk and meat, and eat it with their bread. They say this among themselves. The Umtonda are not now at war with the Fatata, but they often break out, and when they do so they are said to be tremendously powerful, and can beat their Bapedi and Barolong enemies even of the Barolong’s own tribe, and to be renowned robbers. From the Umtonda the details of their manners are generally extirpated; they are now seen to be kinder to their friends than to strangers. They nearly all carried their bows and arrows attached to the body, and not stuck in the ground.
A. Among the other Fatata are four divisions, viz, the Mokilolo, Mafokonta, the Muchwokat and the M’Guiya, who are all powerful and deadly enemies. The Mafokonta are the largest, and declare that they write history and stories, but this is somewhat like saying that they carry on trade; they are rather great traders. They are the most warlike, easily provoked, and not friendly, unless they prove on a footing of equality.