Famous South African Emperors & Kings

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Shaka
(Zulu Emperor)
Shaka
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Birthdate: 1787 AD
Birthplace: KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Died: September 22, 1828

Widely regarded as one of the most influential and important monarchs of the Zulu Kingdom, Shaka reigned as the king of the Zulu Kingdom from 1816 to 1828. Through a series of influential and wide-reaching reforms, Shaka was able to re-organize the Zulu military into a formidable force. His life and work inspired the 1986 South African TV series, Shaka Zulu.

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Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu
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Birthdate: July 27, 1948
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Nongoma, South Africa
Died: March 12, 2021

Zulu king Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu was a descendant of King Cetshwayo, who led the Zulu struggle for independence against the British. His 50-year rule had witnessed his efforts in preserving the Zulu culture and traditions such as the Reed Dance ceremony. However, his comments were blamed for attacks against foreigners.

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Cetshwayo
(King)
Cetshwayo
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Birthdate: 1826 AD
Birthplace: Eshowe, Zulu Kingdom
Died: February 8, 1884
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Mzilikazi
(King of the Ndebele)
Mzilikazi
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Birthdate: 1790 AD
Birthplace: near Mkuze, South Africa
Died: September 9, 1868
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Dingiswayo
(Mthethwa leader)
Dingiswayo
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Birthdate: 1780 AD
Birthplace: KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Died: 1817 AD
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Mswati II
(King)
Mswati II
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Birthdate: 1825 AD
Birthplace: Eswatini
Died: 1868 AD
Dingane kaSenzangakhona
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Birthdate: 1795 AD
Birthplace: KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Died: 1840 AD
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Mampuru II
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Birthplace: Africa
Died: November 22, 1883