Excerpts from "A Traveller's Guide to Swaziland" by Bob Forrester.
CARS and DRIVING
Index to information in the guide
A fascinating people with a rich and mysterious folk-lore and a timeless life-style that lasted for thousands of years. Nomads and hunter-gatherers (Bushmen) in Swaziland came under severe pressure from the waves of Swazi and European settlers and they are now considered to be extinct as a cultural group in the Kingdom.
Early settlers, both black and white, considered the Bushmen to be subhumans and they were either shot or speared as vermin or the women were absorbed into the black settler cultures. Their genetic heritage remains in the high-cheekboned, golden skinned and lightly built people sometimes seen in the country.
The clicks in siSwati are a remnant of the Khoi-San languages, but they didn't enter the language in Swaziland. More likely there was contact between the two groups further north when the Dlamini were still coming down Africa.