Amazulu Prince Killed, Prince Coronation, Who Are The Zulu People?
by Samina Yusuf Laila | Updated Nov 25, 2022
Amazulu Prince Killed
In Nongoma, KwaZulu-Natal, a traditional leader close to the late AmaZulu King Goodwill Zwelithini KaBhekuzulu and the current King Misuzulu kaZwelithini, was shot and killed. On Saturday night, 76-year-old Dumisani Khumalo was allegedly ambushed outside his home in Nongoma, Kwazulu-Natal. Prince Thulani Zulu, the AmaZulu King's spokesperson, confirmed Khumalo's death. Two wives and four children survive him.
The incident occurred shortly after the coronation of Zulu King Misuzulu kaZwelithini last month. The coronation was President Cyril Ramaphosa's official recognition of the King's legitimacy as the AmaZulu's reigning monarch. Ramaphosa presented the monarch with his certificate of recognition in front of thousands of his subjects at Durban's Moses Mabhida Stadium.
King Confidant killed
This is the second time someone close to King Misuzulu kaZwelithini has allegedly been killed. A senior member of the Usuthu Traditional Council and close confidante of King Misuzulu KaZwelithini was also allegedly assassinated in September. Dr. Dumisani Blasius Khumalo was assassinated shortly after attending the Nongoma Reed Dance. He was described as a "pillar" who helped shape many KwaZulu-Natal communities. Nomusa Phungula, a spokesperson for the Speaker of the legislature, paid tribute to Khumalo at the time.
"Dr. Khumalo would be remembered for his role in managing the Zulu royal family affairs and as a historian, a culturalist, and a very influential member of the Indonesia Yesizwe think tank."
King Misuzulu kaZwelithini said he was heartbroken by this act of barbarism.
"What is painful now is the killing of my headman, Dr. Khumalo. Let me say this, my Zulu people: my heart is bleeding that this happened.
"We pray to God that those who did this are found. I swear to God, they will be found. We are hot on their heels, (and) we will find them," he said.
Who Are The Zulu People?
Zulu kaMalandela founded the Zulu as a major clan in Northern KwaZulu-Natal around 1574. Zulu means heaven or weather in the Nguni languages. Many large Nguni communities and clans occupied the area at the time. Nguni communities had migrated down Africa's east coast as part of the Bantu migrations for millennia. As the nation grew, Shaka's rule brought the clans together to form a unified identity for the Zulus.
Amazulu Prince Killed - FAQs
Zulu kaMalandela founded the Zulu as a major clan in Northern KwaZulu-Natal around 1574. Zulu means heaven or weather in the Nguni languages.
This is the second time someone close to King Misuzulu kaZwelithini has allegedly been killed. A senior member of the Usuthu Traditional Council and close confidante of King Misuzulu KaZwelithini was also allegedly assassinated in September.
It is Misuzulu kaZwelithini.
76-year-old Dumisani Khumalo.
Prince Thulani Zulu