He is yellow-coloured, the son of Tshakajwe,
In his colour he resembles the sand,
In his whiteness he resembles the stars.
The majority refuse and dispute;
They say he is identical with the dawn!
The second poem describes his might in battle:
He struck the ground, the chief of Matlama,
He struck the ground and dongas emerged;
Plants became frost-bitten in summer, huts were burnt to the ground,
Trees shed their bark,
Sparrows fluttered about in houses -
Birds that normally lay their eggs on trees.
The third poem refers to actual battle scenes:
The black lightening of the house of Seeiso,
Burnt Maseru in the late afternoon. Maama.
The rhinoceros of Lekena, Lehlabatshwana,
The wild beast roared, it being fearful to behold,
The lion roared, seeing them near it.
He came with it, the lion of the Buffaloes,
And stayed with it among foreigners.
The crocodile stood in the middle of the veld,
Stood with its horn already sharply pointed,
Its eye firmly fixed on the maluti.
The heavy rain of Mokgatjhane, the viper,
The hail of the daughter of Nkwebe.
Cork your ear and listen to Selomo,
Listen to the warrior of Lerothodi.
Source, Guma, S.M. (1977) The form, content and technique of traditional literature in Southern Sotho, J.L. van Schaik Ltd, Pretoria)
"As did citizens of other imperial powers, Italians routinely represented colonial territories as “empty,” and colonial populations as dwelling in a remote, and yet coeval, past. In the words of Johannes Fabian, they “assign[ed] to the conquered populations a different time” in the process of reconciling the presence of the colonized with the colonial territory’s presumed emptiness. Instead of removing populations physically, this conceptual displacement shifted aspects of the colonial space itself to another temporal frame. Borrowing Anne McClintock’s terms, the colonized were “displaced onto … anachronistic space … a permanently anterior time within the geographic space of the modern empire as anachronistic humans.” Such rhetorical acrobatics allowed Italian colonizers to see the colonized in general as there but “not-now,” which made their presence seem less relevant and less challenging to the colonizers." - Mia Fuller, Moderns Abroad (2005).