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Golden gate (Isango legolide)

Ms. T Mchunu of uMlazi B section described the gate as an entry point similar to a door of a house. By gold the game claims that the game is made up of a precious metal, gold. 

The person consulted

Tholakele Mchunu of uMlazi B section gave an explanation about this game.

Who play the game?

This game is played by boys and girls between the ages of 4 – 10.

What is used to play this game?

No equipment is needed to play this game.

When is this game played?

This game is played during the day if it is not raining.

Where is this game played?

This game is played in an open spot.

How is this game played?

This game is played by a large number of children. Two children would stand holding hands lifted up to make a gate. The rest of the children would pass through this gate. The two children making the gate would chant:
Ngenani, Ngenani -               Come in, Come in
Isango Legolide -                 The Golden Gate'
Lifile, Lifile -                        is broken
Siyaliciciyela -                    we are trying to fix it
Okokuqala -                      one
Okwesibili -                       two
-                    three

As the children chant the group passes through the gate. When they count three they hold whoever is passing through and he/she would be out of the game. The game continues and one by one children get out of the game after being caught. When they are tired they change to another game.

Custom associated with this game

There is no cultural background of this game.


From a Masters dissertation by Victoria Mkhize for the School of IsiZulu, University of KwaZulu-Natal. Supervised by Professors P.J. Zungu and V. Prabhakaran.