And up on the green hilltop are 10 fresh graves.
"Everyone has run away," she said. "Now we sleep in the forest." She knows there are others there, too. "I hear their children crying at night," she said. "But we don't speak."
Cycle of Revenge
Fear has saturated the Ezakhiweni valley and dozens of other lush green valleys in South Africa's Natal province, where gangs from one valley invade the next valley in what has become a perpetual cycle of revenge.
The death rate, after four years and 1,500 killings, has quickened to an average of two a day. And about 40,000 refugees like Ndimande and her children have fled to church missions, schools and the bush.
The violence, now the bloodiest political unrest in the country's turbulent history, has cast a long shadow over the black liberation struggle. Not only has it begun to destroy the fabric of families and communities, but it also threatens to undermine the unity that black leaders say is crucial to dislodging white minority rule here.
Jailed black nationalist leader Nelson R. Mandela recently said that the legacy of hatred and bitterness among blacks in Natal "may haunt us for years to come."
The South African government has been unable to halt the trouble despite the broad powers of arrest and detention granted police under a three-year-old emergency decree. But it vowed last week to beef up police patrols and use "an iron fist" to protect "the peace-loving residents" of Natal's townships.
The trouble is the result of a power struggle between the United Democratic Front (UDF), the large anti-apartheid coalition with close links to the exiled African National Congress (ANC), and the more conservative Inkatha movement led by Zulu Chief Mangosuthu Gatsha Buthelezi.
Leaders Call for Peace
Both Mandela, leader of the ANC, and Buthelezi have called for peace in the region. Buthelezi recently asked his supporters "to stand shoulder to shoulder with the ANC, the UDF and other organizations to outlaw violence. Neighbor has to act with neighbor, regardless of political affiliation."
"In my entire political career," Mandela recently wrote Buthelezi from prison, "few things have distressed me (so much) as to see our people killing one another as they are now."
But the killing has become self-perpetuating, guided, like the gang violence in Los Angeles, by the unrelenting tug of intimidation and revenge.
"One almost despairs about any future dialogue taking place," said Peter Kerchoff, head of the Pietermaritzburg Agency for Christian Social Awareness. A daily stream of bereaved families comes through Kerchoff's office doors.
Rolling Green Land
The violence stretches along 45 miles of rolling green land that the late Alan Paton described in his novel "Cry, the Beloved Country" as "lovely beyond any singing of it." It begins in townships outside the bucolic community of Pietermaritzburg and ends in the sprawling squatter settlements near Durban, on the Indian Ocean.
The latest outbreak here, near Hammarsdale, began earlier this year when more than 30 people were killed in various attacks by Inkatha-supporting vigilantes in Kwambiza, in a valley next to Ezakhiweni, according to residents.