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27 v .!! 'Growing into a Warrior .m.CONTENTS Pr1ejar.c' I II Shaka Is Expelled. It)1 IV Dingiswayo is Killed 22 V 'War with the Ndwandwe . from HO. [X 1 3..

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yOllllg boy :i 11. Be~)') Sons o!Z-ul.PREFACE The legend of Shaka is well -known among 'the people oJ southern Afiica and Attica as a. ill my' attempt to unearth the legend of Shaka ~the great warrior I. Jl!l~y(EARP) and The .e Afr'i'ciltn Peop'u by Robert ·W:. ·wfu.. people.g the books ID' read and found enligh tening 'were: Ni'.dary 6gures met e~crly ItO attain the enviable status they It. nways be ~yi[1.ilIJl.njoy in HlstOry.oJe.3. A Histor. J set lou'r 'to do some research about rum and about the Zulu.le GnlJct Africttns by Sir Rex Niven (G.g accounts of what historicaI and ]egem. There w. of th.u by Aub:n:·ey Ellior {Colli ns).]l1!}' primary' school hi 5'1:0:11" lessons. had &5'L heard about as . M](Ul.

'lO'i.y 'to ind vamruable literature 'On . I admit iba.. elp afme Kenya Natiul]JaJj h Ubrary Services special lIerereru:e section s~.warry· all these veesions 1m.be.pedrne edit the script.err much. I 'YfOnld.pt to. Bu e most of aruID the iinvaJ:uab~e. in fIll' anem.C" Thank you v.jed~'ehere the contribution of 1.KA ZULU D~maR a/the Zulu K"'Ufilom by J'eff'GUly (Longman). YlU . 'and in lnstances they clashed on me. ~Iur our of their' ''W3. 31"€ \vha:t reallyhappened.W this booJk. They au1lll g3Ye dliTerent versions of ~at happened. I am confident that most of the events described..nth new ideas ~Eliz3Jb~th :Ndua for reading the' rnanusceiptand glvmg vilulbie mmgestions:l' and also S~ .Linnee 'Who he~..Wre 'to i\db.SHJ\.Ia Lute and Silas Okutoyi ofS~sa Serna Publications who furnished me: ".-iil'li . vnire a balanced ~umor re~der.)Thad to find a middle ground and . bur. sequence o:feveng· and even the y~an ID whlch 'Mo'er Mppened* Nevertheless... In addition watched ffi]ms made onthis great Zu'Ju.i.Shua for m. order to come up 'Wl..t it[: may be: flawed. who.tgefids cam.. as matters to do with myths :wd .

. "EL. ""-' - .lot of time training them. - ' . given that he.g warrior. .'D"."p.. and wouJd Dot risk losing anyofrhem. had spent a. Shaka was a strong hardwodd.RAKA-' F'R' 0'"'M H' 0---'ME'. .. He led his people in battffie5conquering many neighbouring tribes. . :face the m... of the Zulu people called Shaka. . The Zulu arc a smrthern African tribe I .. S. . And he was not just strong but aJI_IO a mgh!.' " .e..my. .n.. '_. . '.. .y rn]tel Hgent leader 'who 'thought I CJiI--efuUy before sending his warriors to. . . This is became be loved them. ' .-L' .-'. onee melle lived a._.'X...CHAPT'ER ONE lSI 'E'.E.. " . gIieaf[ king.' ...

. the endless Indian 0 C'C3. 1!j"UJ. The young men were . the Zulu had ftiendly neighbours...SHAU . me Mfolozi [0 the north. and the Tugela to the south. the Mrctw3 tribe to the east. seeking to rob them of their cattle and . Up north towards the hilly country that is the modern-day Ndwandwe Pili" '!i. Through their . means 'sky'-'"and so they calJ th emsel yes.. Perhaps the fiercest enemies of 'the Zul u.(JlJtl_~~ iJI.hiUy country passes Mhlamse. me: To the west tower the Drakcnsberg Range of mountains. the "pe ople of the sky~·. Their name. and' the Qwabe 'tribe to the south.' leadership of Shaka ..p . Zulu.zU]~U whose territory lies between two great rivers. to the east is. The Ndwandwe were .rapture their young men and 'WOOlen.l1.>JII Swaziland wen! the fiery tribe... B ut still 1 und UJli!r gallant L. yl~t another river. At 'me 'time that Shaka lived.'they were no matchl In those days" tribes fought bitter wars with their neighbours..

He.sOO. ' •• _ of only l~. Shaka was . £'250" 00 I peop 1 out It uug't! nanon 0. the to b ::'Id -UJIIJ._ _ '. '. his area was about two thirds the size of Kenya.EXPELLED PROM HOME forced to join their army~ 'These wars were called.' . also expanded his territory un till it covered an area of albaut 3 20 ~ 000 square. ~ O' _.·. Mpcsn.e. And Shaka was :iU1 exp er it: at them: he managed u. or War-s of Wmdering'.•• . e u \ 1. Afrka.khlornletre~ across what: is today South. . Even though he became great.

long before any of us 7 born to . a '\-vL]d dog sneaked up on the herd and killed one ofthe sheep.J. Shaka was born around the year 17~8~. One daY' when Shaka was out herding his father's cattle. His main task was herding his father' s cattle and protecting them from wild dogs. angered by what he thought to be Shaka's own carelessness that he bad the boy. 'were ever born! Shaka grew up like any other Z uI1l1 'boy. his first- woman who was not properly married to him. Shaka 's father Scnzangakona was born child. brought up in a royaJ household. But Shaka. Zulu chief who had. Shaka's father was so. along with . and other dangerous animals. W~$ He had to stru ggle from a life of poverty to rise to 3. where he 'vas. many wives.SHA:KA Z 1[f L U nor.

_. The Langeni people took.kraal) as it was known.w .i'Yti. early at dawn they woul d leave Ion their way.a ~ 11'1'.e night from strangers. them In.I. certainl y .·.. the clansmen were unkind to 5 . Shaka and! hi~ mother went through a. [11 They would come upon a household on their path. However.w"Fn1i·· or P·I·]'·'Il"'IiCp11i ._ """~ W.Y Shaka and his mother traveled this until they reached Nandi '8 relations of the Langeni tribe in the hills north of Z ululand '.. This. and had to spend the l]ight in the biting cold undernea th the stars ~ hungry and misera ble . Shaka was only' six ye ars old H Cas:t on t of his father' 5 household ~or .J. and knock at the L But often they 'were DOt so hl'cky.r th. Suddenly they had nowhere to live. and had 'to beg for shelter fo.EXI~ELLEn FhtOM ~IOME his mother. as night fell ain house and beg to be shel tered for the night.11'0(0' ~:v. was.rery different from the life of an ~ "~_~'Ii.. lot of difficulties. Nandi " thrown out of his large hou sehold. Sometimes the kind strangers tookthem in and fed them" And then.

this.Y.SI-IAUZULU them. married. drought came.~ru.tree. Mtetwa. of other boys because his parents bad. the young. refuge with a kindly neighbouring clan cal led the. made him 'Very bitter. Soo D. his hosts.nkru!ed :3[ ears ~and. and 'they found. including the Zulus. . me One day our herding he came upon a leopard lying run a. These tribes 'were collectively called Nguni speakers. Shaka aimed his spear and struck the le opard ill the ribs. nature was kinder 'to them. They would also ~. Often Shaka was the laughing stock. because of the dishonour his. down.y of the S. mother had br(lugb[ on their name by conceiving Shaka out 'Of wedlock. over the Iand and Shaka and his mother had to set off yei[ again ~ Thi So tirn e ~ though.iiW:3. .din.~. man 'was not aboutto let.WT-O'LU1. Nat one to run . Having found l1t little peace at last.g smaller tribes.cri.i people.tan~ finely-built y10lmg man who could throw his spear with amazing' accuracy. not beep.etw. The M tetwa chief ruled mer lllall. Hewas also growing into .gh his. and greatly Unpressed the Mt. He worked very hard :in every chore he was given.

So gre at was Shaka's pride and Joy! handed.PRO M HOMt: bringing it down out of the tr-ee.~ Shaka 'was pIiepare d with his other spear and dub and he bravely struck it dead.0 b e prepared and brought him. As the wounded leopard lunged at him. 7 .BXP.ELLED . He ordered me leopard's to skin [. Burt he did not send Shaka awayempty- Hie rewarded the young n13JJ with a CO~~ his very fin t P ossession. The chief heard of wha t the young m ant bad done and he was very impressed.

kind chief of tl e Mtetwa ~ n 1807.ent to lead. a clever warrior ~and was given a. Dingiswayo befriended Shaka and trained him 3S a warrior . his son. took. reghl1. and yet he was so tall. WARRIOR Upon the death of the. Soon Shaka distingui shed him self as.CHAPTER TWO. He taugh his men how important physicalli fitness is to a warrior. he towered over other menl On top of that he had a very powerful body and a restless mind. By 'this rune Shaka was only 20' yc MS old.. 'GROWIN'G INT'O' A.. He also taught 'them to 8 . Dingiswayo. over.

fiery sharp "devll-thoms'.~ the me i me.new kind of weapon. Shaka taught his warriors to hold the i. he ordered that a.GROWING INTO A WARlUOR foilow 'me orders of their t superiors. For instance he made 'them discard their cowhide sandals and fight barefoot so that they.could be as fast as antelopes.klwa. They 'were not to throw 'their spears like field be covered wi th nku. 9 .. long.nd1esl:gned a" .nz'gn(l.onaHy~ warriors were used to fighting with Q. Tradl:ti. He brough in many other cb :an~es. going first into the field of thorns! ' By the end of the exercise few' of men dare d ques tion Shaka' s orders ~ He e~re. FOf' the few who resisted.=klwa un til the ve ry end of the battle. light RJ'£f8ai' spear which they threw at the enemy. and ordered them to trample them into ground with their bare feet! And such was his wisdom he would nut let his prized warriors go 'through the orde al wi thout first showing that it could be done He personally led the exercise. Shaka introduced a short heavy spear called an i-.

the side. Shaka fa ught h is warriors the m ethod of the 'bul 'I's-horns. As a result their fighting 'tactics had i) . ZlJ L U thei r enernies di d. Now Ell Zulu warrior had to advance as close as possible to his enemy and engage him 3. [0 t change. Indeed. heavier shield made of raw ox -hide that covered the entire body. Once they were certain of the enemy's strength. Then me enemy') s body was open. stab of the i. .. kllVtt.HAKA. ~ When the ~ "sbull 10 . they were to be as cunning as foxes. aJ so taugh this warriors never to sha\v th ernselves to the en erny at the beg] nn ing of a battle. big shiel d to push tile enemy's shield to.. Finally. invented a longer. He told them 10 stay in hiding until they had seen enough of the enemy to know how strong he was. Shaka .. to the fatal. S h aka.. they could COIne out fighting. close hand-to-hand combat. He taught the warrio rs how [0 use this..S. This called for immense bravery! 'To Furth er prote cfr the warrio rs.

·ch. the enemy could hardly gel!:'out alive! The army was to be divided into three grDUpS. formed the !l.. . These were the ~ horns. t111 e' Butelezi.horns' trick was used.. of the unit . 1I . eanwhile.cft. the M twn other groups of warriors ran around on either side of me enem y in thin columns.A central solid block of warriors rust: advanced and locked arms wi th the enemy in a fierce hand-to-hand They were the largest group of the three. . The war with a neighboring clan. and. and 'the other to the ].est'or ~ head' fight . Soon an opportunity ShO'N carne for Shaka to Mterwa went to I his skills as a f gil te r. ~ and the enemy would be trapped in between. one" group to 'the right.

e'ar in his. Shaka a snarl spreading on his face.Chief Dingiswayo took three regiments with him to fight the Butclezi. 0]] But Shaka. tensely watching the l\VO men. Sudden ly Shaka sprang forward. holding his short i-khvtl sp.2 his. They stood at opposite ends of the battlefield exchanging insults.1. beating his chest proudly. and easily took the spear sweeping ~. The Bute]ez] champion was alarmed and . The ox-tails he wore around his knees and elbows danced menacingly as he approached the enemy." confident that Shaka was an easy catch. AJ[ around the m the cheering ''''arriors had gone silent. dared anyone to come for"vard and face him.tout. champion 0 ~hen a the Burel 'Zi stepped forward and . buck] was ready for him. shield. his eye staring' fixedly at him. The Butelczi champion carnie to meet him. The Butelezi champion raised his spear and lunged . fleet as a. hand and a huge white shield in the other. of me enemy's 1.. grip.

Yet again Shaka bravely stepp ed ]n to the n\I1ng of the long spear and took mt on his huge shield. pushing it over '[0 his left. and 13 .G ROW[NG .[NTO A '\¥ARlUOR raised his second! spear for another attack.

Mtetwa 'warriors who made up the ~hest'" o~ tth eu'b 'I. The rest of the Mtetwa hurriedly formed into the VI\VO columns of 'the 'horns' and raced ahead very fasr along each flank.nedup behind him.y" Applyin.~ But Shaka was not ab ou t to give them a break. the left and the other 'to two IC'O[ umns me right of the B u tele zi arrny.and yet Shaka had floored bill'] so c asily .g b rute force. one to..I. As Shaka' s f:u:~a'Yjt i.HA. s-norns recr fnq ue he h au . Immediately their champion had fallen he sprang forward and raced towards the front ranks of the Butelezi army. fear descended on the unbelieving Butclezi warriors ]~. 1 taught 'the nl '.-l€lwt! descended round-eyed MJj. closing 14 ...C 'n Ihni c ne '_' .~ yell......K!1 ZULU th en he used his shie 1 again to push Ute d Butelezi's shield out: of me \V~....d. leaving the left side of the startled B utele zi exposed to the stab of his deadly i-k/wa spe ar.. the suddenly turned in wards.'.As they had been trained. Shah forced both shields to his left. .S. Behind him rushed the other .21 "i!. .. the Butelezi champion feU to his knees with . . This man was their best warrior.

indeed! 15 . of the Butelezi army inside the "hull's horns. astonished at wha thad happe n ed. thanks to the bravery and ingen uity of one man. Chief D m. There was no need for senseless bloodshed. and ran. The Mtetwa had won the battle hands-down.GRO\VING fNTO A WAl00:0R in and trapping 'the front ranks. The rest of the Butelezi army. turned rail.giswayo stopp ed the battle and ordered the Butelezi 'to surrender. Shaka ~ Later ~Chief D iagiswa yo rewarded Shaka wi th teu head of ca ttle an. They were expecting to start the ja. hack towards where their 'worn en and cattle were waiting.d promcted him to the rank of captain of a hundred-mart And it was a well-deservedreward unit.'.bulll" the victory dance! Seeing this.

horne in Znluland Shaka's ageing father Senzangakona wed. . . RN····H· O'. _. back. 16 . .' . When Shaka heard the news he prepared to travel horne to assume Jeaderahip of the clan 'I U be was the eldest son.CHAPTER THREE '. M'E .' & the fame of this. . '. . Before he wed. This w:as iD the year 1816. named Signjana.. Bn t this \I\"a5not. RET"U'. brave young rnan spread far and wide... announced that be wanted one of his olher sons. the old. going to be easy. man. .

I?.RETURN HOME to take over le adership of the c]an. As the gallan t warriors marched through ~ the village.. tnrone tlaat Aft er successn y capmnng t.Zulus.. righ tflE11y belonged to him. Fortunat. .g of the Zulus. 'the greatest enemies were the powerful clans like me N dwandwe to 'the north . Jill! lLTf:lOM. L. .il·n~.e~y. brooding half-brothers..IDs. r:1~ ". With the aid of Mtetwa warriors..eof 'the tribe were salu ting their new leader.M!B Lion! " The 'peop~. Shaka realized that be had many enemies.'na..cked at any time. the wild.":r/.'\I'o'iII.stepbrother .Tt:r.The .rlll .could be a.. with Shaka at the head.i.de himselfkin. 17 . This meant that now Shaka had to fight for the throne. Chief Dingiswayo.. 'was there to help him.jI.' 1.." Shaka's friend.. full'.'I{"'lP. ·li. . Shaka managed to mice the throne of tile' Zulu people from his . there were sho '!""(C 'of h.. tI-!I!. l:~. ~ -i' ~ " I.m:..~b.:l1 "'.' Li'O"'I'II11 '_ UI.. Shaka 'was happy to be back home after so many years wandering in. Some' of his enemies were .. However. They were not happy that Shaka had returned from exile and D13..JLJe! ... .iln1.

whom Shaka knew 'weI]. He was not prepared Shaka's army WdS to lose the few warriors he had! But how could he conquer the other clans without going to war? This called for a. the place' was familiar to him because he had spent :P'Mt of his childhood there. He had some persona] business. the Langeni ~ up north. and he bad to' build it up before going to war. finest warriors and sneaked them into .ge rs in their mildS'C} [heir well. So carefully did Shaka plan the mission 'that Makcdarna the chief of the Langen i. He first took 'Wl]L1 t remained of Chief Dingiswayo's Mtetwa army and added them to his own. to settle with 'them" To do this. woke up by And this was the same for.the dan.SHAUZULU small. the J" one morning to find his k'rasl surrounded Zulu warriors! ocher senior men ~n. Of course.honed spears gHnting menacingly in the morning sun! 18 . lot of careful thought. 'What shock it was for them to wake up and 'find stran. Then he burned to his mother's clan.Langerli Iand. he selected some of his.

split tree trunks .Il pain) Shaka ordered the Zulu i' 19 . Shaka found his unkind relations. l\nd JJ. the unkind re lations writhed L. Shaka also had a score to. M.Makedarna 'to do but surrender. not wishing to engage in senseless bloodshed wi th his kin. his mother.RETURN HOME There was nothing for Chief. ordered the chief to sendyoung menfrom the tribe to join the Zulu army.age with his []icry ZuJ u i ntpis. But this was not all. He ordered 'them to be executed on sharpened stakes made: from. mere boy. and.hi s mother ~ relations. as the warriors were known.. when Shaka was but a. settle wi th those of . Shaka. been unkind to him. in exchange for his being Left alone to run his affairs. These stakes were normally usedto fence in cattle. s who had.arching th rough the VllH.

grain and women. were soon to regret it. mat is. They took away cattle. exchange for their being left mec'to run their own affairs. 'Those :fe\v clans who dared resist the Zulu. The Zulu descended on them in fearless droves and razed their villages to the ground.io. Moreover. the Zulu easily conquered other neighbouring tribes. Left to 20 .o mc:rcy' at 1l1L It was payback time for what they had done to him and his mother. t. died" Shaka fe~t n.KA ..eik J Bttye'def' to the king..SHA. Atfter that.zUL·U warrior'S to set the :fe:nceson fire VVhat agony the unkind relations lived 'through 3$ they died! And yet SUtch was their awe that they shouted the royal greeting.g from strength to strength . young men nom other neighboeing clans heard of his conq nests In war and. And so the remaining Langeni 'warriors joined Shaka's army. even as they i. Bll:y.t.ZIII u army in. He made their' chiefs send young' men 'to serve in the . willingly came to join him. all their wealth. The Zulu arm y was grow.

the wilderness. they had no option but 'to surrender and be enlisted into the . sou th of the Sahara! 21 .R.1JJ army. And as they came into the Z ulu army.M.Ii wander the open peld.E:r U RN H:O. the you~g men learned a dis cipline that they had never known and were honed into the finest warriors.ZlLlJ.

mgiswayo ')s 1. who had been giving Chief Dingiswayo trouble fot a.. but. Often they had .:. long time. s. . '- To the north of his friend .L·E·D. 'to keep the peace» he ~w~ys..d was tnc rana hostile Ndwandwe clan..· . Dingiswayo was stronger.INGISWAYO IS KIL·." and occasionally captured Chief Zwide..CHAPTER FOUR D.gone [0 war. D"· .llow· m amed Zwide. released the Ndwandwe chief with a fine of a few head of cattle: and a stern warning to behave himself 22 . The Chief of the Ndwaridwe was a crafty fe. .

. Zwide W.J" d fjrienn s :t11. this they needed 80m e To do of his. VIce. In fact. Moreover.er tb ey' plotted to c ast a powerful magic spell on Dingiswayo. hair and bits of his... That is unable 'to defeat the stronger Sf) Chief Dingiswayo Ntombazi. not believethe levels to." But Chief Dingiswayo bru shed aside his -' -.. is going to make an attempt on your own life next.DING[SWAYO ]'8 K]I .3 .6! 'Tog:eth.W. ED L Shaka warned his friend that the Ndwandwc chief was not to be trusted . She wanted to keep his prized head to add to her collection of skul 1. Ntombazi was an old witch who ~ . 2.. she kept the skulls of the p eople she killed in her bouse! Ntombazi agreed to. friend and mentor could go in the name of good relations with his neighbours. used her craft 'to destroy people. he could. help him." he cautioned. ''''] say next time yOll catch that weasel you should slit his throat! the proper thing to do" my friend ~ . he hatched an evil plan" Zwide sought the help of his mother. which his "The man.

~!-.some 0 f his ttoenans. It had been arranged th at Shaka and some of the warriors. they sen t a to Dingiswayo. like a true Nguni. Id get. 'When the' magic was ready" 'tile old 'witch told her SOD to !chaUenge Chief Dingiswayo to battle. To get th e hai r and toen ai ls.. -. This woman beautiful \VOnl:. The: witch would use these to brew' a. strong magic medicine which would trap Dingi swa yo '. . COlD. And Diugi sway 0..n..I1.'I!.24 . rus nair an d.~ L· . took up the challenge. wo uld m eet D inglis'\Wyo' s . toenails... note k_noMflg he was courting deathl his own.1 was to trick him into marrying her so that she . 01ngi swayo was so taken by the stu nningly beau tifiil woman 'thai he married her.

In this.r. Dingiswayo had [0 go on without him.J. -LU· m bazi U _. c. River .y . . ..o.~ .. a.£. way.'...go together the Ndwandwe Wi:r. Then they 'would . the mighty chief of the Mtenva 'was lured into the hands of Chief Zwide and ..Ib.J.army.-..: SL. .. either by magic OF to.!!i.'.'. ~ N···· .. thrashing once and for all.!~ shed_ her powerful m.... - the s~fety' of his own army and started 'walking' right in to.. ~-. the enemy ranksl So strong W~ the spell that not one of his warriors accompanied himl Only a handful of his wives 'went faithfully with him.!Il1~ late in getting 'to the agreed rendezvous. So. Soon 'Chief Dingiswayo like a mad man..LJl...t the great chief not omy me battle.. But sorneho w. in 'me battlefield close to the black Mfol 0zi J:U" As the two enemies stood facing' each other 111In~. was . meet 'a " twist 0f' rate.riors and give them. ".. but his life as well.niO"~. I .'~m. This was going to I(OS.oi"'" MJ. 1!L.. - .a· UJII. left ..

he vowed to avenge the death of his friend.SHAK. Silently and sur· ly..\ZULU was. Shaka's grief '\Y2S immeasurable when he got the news of the cowardly murder of hi me ·d and mentor" wise Chief Dingisv ayo. 26 . killed.

:.roC{!:ss. "_' • ~"'. be knew that Chief 27 .CHAPT.rjng weaker ...".'.':-:' '"TH." : . to her t collection Eventually.. Shaka's spies brought rum news that 'Chief Zwide was planning 'to attack Zulu."he old 'witch added many skulls. Shaka had a bone to p'i(~k"vith the 'Ndwandwe be cause they 'had killed 'me Dingiswayo.'".lIl~ south. ./ tribes [n their '\vay.. pkmde. A"" N""'D""V{E. Z'. p'. T._'" ""'" "I • " .·· WI'.rAR.' ND'"':"W.. .'H' .'. L' • '.ER FIVE 'l'~.. '~~. . '".-vJdemd his Ndwandwe warriorskept moving steadily ~. " -." In the following months.: ~. E-:" _'I • I ". However. In the.' .

lNhile Shaka's army numbered about 10. 1_11:' " woum be: a.. '1 Shaka carefullv chose where the battle ~ ~LJ .. almos t . often invited ItO the Chief's ItrGlal. There was fo ad for the Ndwandwe warriors.. The closest river W.)lUJ Hill . had ... I'i Q 'i. nor water ~ 28 .WAR M1"H THE NDWANDVVE Zwide's army was much bigger than his own . Zwide had an enormous force of over 18 ~ 000 warriors.lliS the.. pace CMlC-d v. and it was quire far. ozu Hi' ·1I'~ Q" f.' 1 . and to underestimate the size of the Zulu army.mice the size of Jus own! He had to think. There W'dS a man called Noluju who was UI0\Vn. Zwide and report to hirn on his preparations.: n. which was not: easy to climb from the direction of the Ndwandwe army. lit was 'very dry. Shaka sent him to go and spy on. and to tell .Zwide that the smaller than itt reallv "vas. 11'0 Mfolozi. 11.000 warriors. -.enr. carefully.aJ. Zulu army' . to Chief Zwide and who was.. W:U Noluju was also! to He to Z"'IVIde about Shak~~5plans. J In this W'1ly~ 'the Ndwandwe cbief 'was made "to give away his strategy for the battle. steep escarpm.

Shaka planned to lure them into this forest.ttairuy need. they w. This Forest was haunted by evil spirits. He 29 . Nkandla Forest was nearby.ANDWE which they would ct. The Ndwandwe were not to susp ect anything until. in the beat of battle! The dense. and no Ndwandwe in his right mind woru1d dare venture inside.WAR WITH THE Nr:nv.'en~right in the' thick of it~' Shaka had his rnen evacuate the Z'ulupeople from the surround rung homesteads ~ They hid [11 the dense and swampy Nkandla forest.

. Shaka 'asked a few of his. carry off all the food and drive away the cattle. However... 'l['T~:fI . Other men 'wok some of the food and water up to Qokli Hill. the Ndwandwe began streaming toward IQ··.bt battle the N dwandwe had ever fbughr. toughest wMTior would be weakened without water. that dry area the sun gat scorching hot by mfudday. men to' stay behind in . O.S.: ". d.~and 'this was going to 1 be the roost difficu. men empty the grain.AKAZULU had his.U. '. It was. the yeat~· 818.· l . . village wi til..W.H... 30 . and. In. He had a plan for them.eserted.. pits. a.l!!. for the Zulu warriors during the battle. 'and even 'the.iD. And so the next d~y dawned. few cattle. the.' ·!.

and the warriors who bad remained hidde II ~n the 'rillag1e drove the cattle in to the view of the N dwandwe. 11rb. the Ndwandwe did not suspect that this was a. Nomahlanjana.and'N'e..e 31 .p them in theforest! As soan as the Ndwandwe were weU.f\Vhcl'"C in sight.. In. The place was as deserted as a ghost villagel Shaka gave a signal. The N dwandwe rushed after the cattle that were going toward the dark forest. ObBerV.Shaka..~Il. you Zwu cowards! 'CODlJC out and face the champions of battle in all Nguniland. Wait~was that 3.s and bravado. their haste [tograb the well-fed Zulu cattle. plot to 'tJr-a. herd of cattle hurrying away?.. V¥ ~ Hat~ . all shou r.~:')) But there 'was no Zulu an. 'the migh tJr N d w. iusid. son. the army. He hadinstead sent his. The Ndwandwe carne running in their thousands. "ICOHle out.g them from atop the hil!~saw to Ius disappointment that me' wily Zwide had chosen to stay at horne. tailing. to lead.

~. The ZuJu mined down on them from the hill and hammered. the Zulu.:i'. capturing their chief. leamt of the defeat of IDS men 'and. stinging with their deadlyI -ltwt. . Zwide bad. from the 'trees like bees. lik'e. a S\vann IOf devils descending on 'we' poor Ndwaadwe with and jackals in 'the distance! Those few' Ndwandwe 'who 'were able to escape from the forest were DO luckier.. them senseless.nds.. 32 . intent on. Instead. However..Zuri·i. to another land.'(IY bid north where they had come nom. because she would just as well .S good enough. . . Nltombazi. Zwitne.3. They chased the. found the evil Vlitch woman..tu~B! It was.SHAKAZULD the forest.m an the W.A. spears.u:'W. :fled. tile ZUlu warriors descended on them.pay for the sins she had done. zung! L .~.

.w.keep her ut company: a half-starved mad hyena.' s yt. for the hunger of a starved hyena is enormous! Eventually Shaka ordered dlat the hut be set ablaze ~thus .man.e ·w. this time of ... snapping :IW3:Y a limb.reorganize. their motherland .!lmo. ' .. . 'Yet again Shah's many informers. :ag'Ony t:: 11 .WJittl-.lIllleUUJ. brought him word.b.much back to . scary companion. Ll!: 1Nhat a terrible fate! Cries ofterrible ' L. uU[.had he finished one m me bi't~ than be would be '~nneed of Inure.JI .r. the witch 'was dragged all the way 'back to Zululsnd and locked up inside an old 11 with a. . another Ndwandwe chief called Sikunyana took over. '1_. He tried.For punishment.50~O[]Omen" to meet the new' troublemaker.e. then a.~ 10£ witoChttry.. .red:lim.After Chief Zwide and his men fled. .l.. the scattered • Ndlwand. They' marched for m:my days through 33 .'. to . and he let off with an 3iDDY. I' 'Th c crazy llnye:n I . to .p urting an end to the evil ·wo. chased old 'witch round and round.lc . piece of her buttock! And no sooner ...¥ to .

As for ChiefZwide who had. become chief.. fierce foe by the name of'Queea Mabelemane.umn~singing war ax -hide shields and deadly' i ~klwastlashlng ill the sun. the zu~u a.U n J"" ~ ~~~. awaited. ill ': '. along ~ongs. . run :~w~ylike a coward.-v: .JLLIJ.r. H ed " N··: d . The rest ofthe Ndwandwe warriors were captured and... a worse fate.. .ged to take over mather tribe and.]...(!fi. He travelled north-west into the modern-day Sarno country with ~ few of hls men. They were 'Ii ke a. L the order the fearless Zulu swarmed up the slopes and devoured them.1.. m M1.... A. m ighty column offiery safari ants crossing a 'bare field! They met the fe~r Ndwandwe l!.ruJJi]I I • ~ .. forced to join.' . It was only by luck.p.f"lb camped at a '~ao·Tii' .SIMKAZULU the hot plains in. She 34 ... O]JOlIW~'IIi"ii P '.use .I. ~l-'ag~. that the young Sikunyana managed to evade capture by the Zulu..my. rum.. ·M· ~Jh.. He escaped by h [ding: in a pit that was disguised as an elephan t trap.-lil ~ S:····h'c. However.. Zwide S0011 carne face to faa: with a country.) their enormous c.: U'. never '[0 C3. and.oJ.a... and later fled up norm into Swazi Shaka trou ble again.

Zwide's own medicine men were no match for this powerful ..ag~. the witch N tombazi.. nd a soon Z'\\71id-.WAH Wl.Ie.~ ~ e . Even stranger.~her name me ant 'Pour Breasts. a strange land..en Ma belemane se t her pOiwlerfuLi magic: to.'tile Chieftainess of the Pedi people and had terrible supernatural powers.m. powers dleclifLed~ and he died.('.TH THE NDWANDVfE 'was.. was not there 'to help him. woe unto him ~ 1. indeed" she was." and.. in.~. 'work on Zwide and.j8 rncther.sscd with a set of four pendulous breasts instead of the normal human two=what a sight! QUf. forgotten. . b.

And the Zulu empire kept growing.th Zwide den:.SHAKAZULU Wi. just as a. ~ the last serious opposition to Shaka '5 power was gone. 36 .clump of'¥andering Jew weed grows over a manure heap in the rains.

It happened tha ~haka had been wounded in battle and was in a bad state. . .CHAPTER SIX THE DEATH OF SHA"·.·_KA'. all of ern Africa.'. Shaka allowed the '[0 the rescue of this g~eat Zulu and treated his :nglish traders to operate in Z ululand. Shaka encountered the 'first Europeans travelling through Zul uland. Sometime in the year 1824. ." Their king Shaka reigned unchallenged. In appreciation.e even tried 3·7 . the so 1}10S[ me Zuluhad become powerful tribe fun. and an English doctor carne wounds. ' By this time.

.ere}' of an 1:5 and vultures.hak.2IL stake. And it was just what his scheming half-brother Dingane bad been 38 . he would order that the poor fellow be dragged out into the plain and stuck on . they did not agree with. But around this time misfortune struck. the awe in which this man was held no one dared question his orders.S. the king of '[he 'white people thousands of kilometres a:way. the dry fJeld.' for he was very In his mger he ordered many people killed') suspecting them of being witches who had caused his m other's death . Shaka '8 beloved mother N andi died. S. someone and.ppy because 'Often they were ordered to do things. Iest the same fate befall him! These killings created fear and discomfort aLCIOSS the land. if he looked suspicsous. And his warriors did just that" leaving the poor man to die in. agony out there in.H1'iJCA.a was inconsolable attached 'to his rn othe f. So great was.Z'UIJJ to establish diploma ti c relations wi th King George. The warriors became un ha. He would just walk up to. at the m.

I r"··' .. Ull)dl.~at 41 year-s of age a t the hands of his own ha lf brother Dingane.. .: LmL. rnl Thew Ilf)joun-if"p'd .ead]y i~llfw'a spear he had fashioned. 39 I' . ... _.rb.LJ.. Secretly. hi" m . alone i~ a small kraal ailed kwaNyakanlUb! ~ The 'army was not 'there to defend cllcir ~e3der for ~ Shaka had ordered them 'to go '[0 war just the day before... And SIO ended thee life of a great k[ngf~the c ' imaginative.. I~ back with the d.:J lL. " .~:~ in the _. ". brave 111M1 who built and led rhe most ferocious army Mrica had ever seen ..~ b". :lL. He died. .~ r.THE D'1!ATli OF 5HAKA ''\vaiting for..bing 'i!. They crept upon him early one !llOrntng as he stood. Dingane and a few other members of the family plotted Shaka ':5 death. in 182g. .. JLUJ~]:l ..

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