Remembering Zulu King Cetshwayo on the 135th anniversary of his death

Remembering Zulu King Cetshwayo on the 135th anniversary of his death

- King Cetshwayo was a Zulu King pivitol in the Anglo-Zulu war

- He led the kingdom to victories against the British but ultimately lost the war at Ulundi

- He survived an assasination attempt but later died of a heart attack

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On this day 135 years ago, the Zulu kingdom lost a great warrior and leader, King iNkosi uCetshwayo.

King Cetshwayo led the Zulu kingdom through one of the most daunting battles fought on South African soil. He lead his impies through great victories, using their long standing relationship with their land to guide them into impressive victories against the British Empire, as reported earlier.

Cetshwayo and his impies won many battles but ultimately lost the Anglo-Zulu war at Ulundi.

The king was uShaka Zulu’s nephew. In an unpresidented act of faith, Cetshwayo was named a successor to the kingdom at a young age.

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He had been making decisions as a king without the official title for years before his father, Mpande passed away.

Under his reign, military strength of the Zulu kingdom developed quickly, causing the British to grow wary.

King Cetshwayo stood his ground against the British Empire, refusing to submit to white authority, showing courage and determination to fight for his people and his land.

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The British Empire made a move against the Zulu Kingdom, leading to one of the bloodiest wars in Southern Africa.

Although Cetshwayo had survived a previous assassination attempt, he is believed to have died from a heart attack.

At the time, it was rumoured that he was poisoned.

Minister Nathi Mthethu joined the hundreds of Africans who took to social media to celebrate the life of a legend.

Mzansi joined him in celebrating the greatness in their blood.

Others felt differently, and encouraged the minister to use his time addressing issues the country faces instead.

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