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24 September 1828 - Death of Shaka Zulu

By September 24, 2007

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Shaka kaSenzangakhona, Zulu king and founder of the Zulu empire, is murdered by his two half-brothers Dingane and Mhlangana at kwaDukuza on 24 September 1828. Dingane assumes the throne.

Shaka's last words have taken on a prophetic mantle - and popular South African / Zulu myth has him telling Dingane and Mhlangana that it is not they who will rule the Zulu nation but "white people who will come up from the sea." However, the version which is probably the truest rendition comes from Mkebeni kaDabulamanzi, King Cetshwayo's nephew and grandson of King Mpande (another half-brother to Shaka) - "Are you stabbing me, kings of the earth? You will come to an end through killing one another."


March 31, 2008 at 2:37 pm
(1) strawberry says:

The comments made below are so true blacks killing blacks. It’s so sad!

April 6, 2011 at 3:47 pm
(2) HLOCKZA says:


January 5, 2012 at 10:55 am
(3) Blaque says:

He actually said(in Zulu), ” You will not rule this land, it will be ruled by the swallows”. By saying swallows, he alluded to the fact that swallows built their nests using mud, and the whites did the same when they settled around KZN (which was foreign to the Zulus).

May 31, 2012 at 3:34 am
(4) Sboniso shandu says:

May his soul rest in peace he will always a hero even if he does not exist

September 21, 2012 at 4:09 pm
(5) Leon van den Berg says:

According to the majority of sources Shaka was murdered on 22 September 1828, not 24 September.

May 21, 2013 at 11:51 am
(6) velaphi ngema says:

Sir I think we should talk more about Zulus or we start with the Ngunis! Even with the surnames,this generation don’t know the culture/roots

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