Report appeared in the Natal Witness newspaper, 14 Aug 2002

Morris FYNN (now 71) used to wear a safari suit and armed with a saw, he cut down apartheid signs on the beaches, 
pointing to the absurdity of his father swimming at one beach, his mother at another and he at a third. These days he 
dresses in animal skins and, armed with a knobkerrie and shield, is asserting his right to a Zulu chieftainship that was 
awarded to his ancestors by King Shaka.

The sense of marginalisation that the Coloured community felt under apartheid and now feel in the new South Africa 
played itself out in the John Dunn Hall in Wentworth last Friday. (DUNN, a white settler, fathered many children with his 
Zulu wives and his descendants are fighting for the land he bequeathed to them.)

FYNN organised a gathering of FYNN descendants at the hall on Women's Day [9th August 2002] to pay tribute to a 
chieftainess and black mother of his clan - Mavundlase ka Senca. The gathering was also used to form a committee of 
the FYNN family to engage the government in talks over their claim to land. They want to contact all the relatives, who live 
not only in KwaZulu-Natal but throughout the world. There are White, Coloured and Black FYNNs. They need to be 
registered as members of the committee to fight for their birthright and place in history.

The committee is only claiming the land around the chieftainship, which is on the South Coast, an area between Umzinto 
and Port Shepstone. The government has already recognised their claim and offered them R4 million. The committee has 
to decide what to do about this offer, which is far from adequate. Like the DUNNs, they may have to take this matter to court.

The FYNNs mixed ancestry is recorded in Shelagh SPENCER's series of books on the early British settlers in Natal. SPENCER 
was also at the gathering and met other descendants of early settlers, like the LOCHENBERGs and the KIPPENs.

Henry FYNN, a trader and adventurer, was in the party of 25 men led by Lieutenant Francis FAREWELL, who helped establish 
the city of Durban. Henry befriended King Shaka and helped him recover from a stab wound. In return, Shaka gave him land 
and 9 wives. Henry kept 6 of the wives and gave 3 to his brother Frank. One of these wives was Mavundlase ka Senca. Another 
version of the story is that she was the daughter of Senca Mzela, who fled her home and sought protection with Henry's party to 
escape an unwelcome suitor and was allotted to Frank as a wife. A third version is that she was of the Zelemu people and was 
a captive from a Zulu campaign in Delagoa Bay. She settled with Frank on the South Coast, where he ruled as one of Shaka's 
chiefs, and when he died he passed on the chieftainship to her.

Many of the other Zulu wives of White settlers remarried when their settler husbands died or left them. Mavundlase never remarried 
and retained her sovereignty over her clan. When she died in 1894, the title of chief went to her eldest son, Charles. Morris FYNN 
says that the hereditary title of chief passed down the generations and the last chief was his uncle, Colin FYNN, who died in 1926. 
He claims that the title was stripped from them under the apartheid government and he, as the next hereditary holder of the title, is
campaigning to have it restored.

Henry FYNN became a magistrate on the South Coast in the 1850s and in his writings acknowledged Mavundlase as chieftainess 
of remnants of tribes collected by "one of the early colonists of 1828". In 1854, he wrote that he had removed five tribes from her 
control as he felt that it was impossible for her to keep them all in order.

SPENCER says it is believed that Henry FYNN, who lived among the Zulus for 10 years, had between 16 and 20 children by his 
Black wives. When Henry left - Morris FYNN claims as a result of difficulties with Dingane - his wives attached themselves to Black 
men and his children were neglected. Theophilus SHEPSTONE placed the children under the control of Mavundlase.

SPENCER records that Henry FYNN also had White wives. He married two sisters, Ann BROWN, who had no children, and 
Christiana BROWN, who had a son, Henry Francis. "According to Henry junior, his aunt Vundlase, Frank FYNN's widow, went to 
Theophilus SHEPSTONE and asked if he (Henry) could be taken and shown to the people. He went and was presented to and 
recognised by the tribes. He was also presented with cattle."

The FYNN Committee plan to hold a second family gathering on Heritage Day, September 24, where they will work on consolidating 
their strategy over their land claim. Descendants who wish to attend this gathering or have their names recorded as part of the FYNN 
clan are asked to contact Morris FYNN at (031) 909 0934.	   
Twin Trails, Marjorie Dick Davies, (K. B. Davies (Pvt) Ltd. Printed by Mardon Printers (Pvt) Ltd, Beatrice Rd, Salisbury, Rhodesia, 1974.)