Ibeka was a small trading station on the Butterworth-Idutywa road in the Transkei. For what it is worth, here is my own description of the battle which took place there during the Ninth Frontier War:
A village had not yet developed on the site and it was occupied only by Barnett’s house, shop and stables. Ibeka lies some 10 kilometres north-east of Butterworth on the Idutywa road. Sarhili’s Great Place, Holela, was about the same distance away to the south-east. Griffith [in command] left a description of the shop and its surrounds:
‘It is sufficient to say that the Ibeka post consists of a trader’s house, shop, and out-offices, built of brick, and roofed with corrugated iron, and with a piece of ground, about 80 yards square, enclosed by a sod bank about 3 feet 6 inches high and a ditch 3 feet deep.’
On the afternoon of 29 September  a huge Gcaleka army, said to number 7,000 to 8,000, appeared before the Ibeka post. It was manned by a mere 180 Frontier Armed and Mounted Police [FAMP] but was supported by 2,000 Mfengu. Three guns and a rocket tube were under the command of Sub-Inspector Cochrane.
The Mfengu were led by Sub-Inspector Allan Maclean of the FAMP. Under him were several Mfengu chiefs, including one whose name will become familiar to the reader, the senior Mfengu chief Veldtman (or Veldtmann, Feldman) Bikitsha. The small size of the enclosure round the buildings suggests that the FAMP manned the sod wall while the Mfengu took station outside.
After some initial skirmishing, in which Veldtman was prominently successful, the Gcaleka attacked the post directly and en masse at about 3 p.m. ‘in a perfect cloud of skirmishers.’ The guns and rocket tube opened up and when the enemy came within rifle range, the FAMP inflicted a withering fire. The Gcaleka were checked, at which point the Mfengu again drove them back.
While the defenders were taking a brief rest, a second huge force appeared out of the nearby Qora River gorge to the east and marched directly at the post. The artillery opened fire but seemed not to be effective and the Gcaleka continued advancing until they disappeared behind a ridge some 800 metres away. Griffith ordered the guns to be laid for the top of the ridge, which had been evacuated by a vedette a short time earlier. As soon as the Gcaleka appeared on the top of the ridge the guns opened fire but ‘owing to their great numbers and to the configuration of the ground they succeeded in turning our flank before the guns could be turned on the main body.’ A gun was rapidly moved into a better position from where it could rake the advancing column. When the gun opened up the Gcaleka were ‘thrown into disorder’, at which point Maclean led his Mfengu in another attack, driving the column back down the ridge.
While this action was taking place, the earlier column re-grouped and attempted to threaten the right flank of the post. It was repulsed by Chief Veldtman who drove them back with about 400 Mfengu, having earlier occupied a stone enclosure near the Butterworth road, from which he launched his attack. The prophetess Nita was killed here while leading her division, the body being decapitated by the Mfengu. Cunynghame was shown the head, kept in a sack of lime, when he later visited Ibeka …
A gun and the rocket trough were redeployed to the right face of the post, supported by another 300 Mfengu, and directed their fire on to a body of Gcaleka threatening that side. ‘This gun alone,’ reported , ‘fired 18 rounds before the enemy began to retreat’.
A last futile attempt was made by a small reserve of the Gcaleka to attack the front of the post again but it was quickly repulsed by artillery and rifle fire by the FAMP, after which the whole Gcaleka force withdrew.
The action, which had begun about 3 p.m., ended about 6.30 p.m., during which time the guns fired 43 shrapnel and 9 plain shells, and 37 9-pounder rockets. Laconically, Griffith reported that one gun had to be taken out of action because ‘the trail (of colonial manufacture) and which had given way on a previous occasion, broke down altogether after the fifth round’. It was almost certainly the same gun which had failed at Gwadana three days earlier, and which had been hastily repaired.
The British defenders had only one European casualty, who was ‘slightly contused in the neck by a musket bullet.’ The Mfengu lost six men killed and six wounded.
The above extract is taken from my book The Wedding Feast War. I have a photograph of what remains of the place, which I would be happy to share with anyone who is interested.