The president of the  traditional bare-knuckle fist fight, known as Musangwe in Limpopo, Tshilidzi “poison” Ndevane has died in hospital  after a long illness.

The former school teacher and African National Congress (ANC) councillor in Ward 8 of the Thulamela Local Municipality in Tshaulu village, outside Thohoyandou, was the president of the tournament for more than a decade.

The Ndevane family says it will reveal more details in due course.


Musangwe, an indigenous Tshivenda boxing sport, started in the 1800s when the herd boys would encourage their bulls to fight one another.

The fighting of the bulls would then encourage the boys to start fighting.

The men of Venda tribes have for decades fought each other.

Below is a report on the sport by SABC’s Nndanganeni Mudau: