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Monarch King of the Zulu King Goodwill

Zulu King Goodwill is a monarch who holds no formal political power, fulfilling the spiritual and ceremonial needs of the South African Zulu nation.

The capital of KwaZulu-Natal is Pietermaritzburg. KwaZulu-Natal province stretches from Port Edward in the south to the borders of eSwatini and Mozambique to the north. North Coast of KwaZulu-Natal is renowned for its beaches and also known as the place where the Zulu King, Shaka, was buried.

KwaZulu-Natal is the only province with a monarchy specifically provided for in South Africa's Constitution that was created in 1994 when the Zulu bantustan of KwaZulu and Natal Province were merged. KwaZulu-Natal is the home to the Zulu monarch, King Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu who receives an income from the government for his position. 

The Zulu royal family consists of the reigning monarch of the Zulus of South Africa, King Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu son of Cyprian Bhekuzulu kaSolomon. His wives Sibongile Winifred Dlamini married 1969, Buthle MaMathe, Mantfombi Dlamini,, daughter of Sobhuza II of Swaziland and sister of Mswati III, married 1973. Also his 27 children, and relatives.

Zulu King Goodwill

A condition for this marriage was that she become first wife, which determines the king’s successor. Thandikela Jane Ndlovu, Nompumelelo Mchiza, married 1992 and Zola Zelusiwe Mafu, married 2004.

King Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu is a monarch who holds no formal political power but fulfills the spiritual and ceremonial needs of the Zulu nation. King Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu salary is in the range of $6 million a year to cater to the needs of his royal household. 

Zulu King Goodwill denies inciting South Africa’s anti-immigrant attacks in 2015 by supporting xenophobic hatred in South Africa after he was accused of hate speech March 2015 that has left as many people dead and forced thousands from their homes.

KwaZulu-Natal is the home to the Zulu monarch, King Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu

List of Zulu chieftains and kings from earliest recorded history up to the current.





Malandela kaLuzumana, son of Luzumana

Ntombela kaMalandela, son of Malandela Zulu kaNtombela, son of Ntombela, founder and chief of the Zulu clan from around 1709.

Gumede kaZulu, son of Zulu, chief of the Zulu clan.

Phunga kaGumede, son of Gumede, chief of the Zulu clan up to 1727.

Mageba kaGumede, son of Gumede and brother of Phunga, chief of the Zulu clan from 1727 to 1745.

Ndaba kaMageba, son of Mageba, chief of the Zulu clan from 1745 to 1763.

Jama kaNdaba, son of Ndaba, chief of the Zulu clan from 1763 to 1781.

Mkabayi kaJama, daughter of Jama

Senzangakhona kaJama, son of Jama, chief of the Zulu clan from 1781 to 1816.

Shaka kaSenzangakhona, son of Senzangakona, king from 1816 to 1828.

Dingane kaSenzangakhona, son of Senzangakhona and half-brother of Shaka, king from 1828 to 1840.

Mpande kaSenzangakhona, son of Senzangakhona and half-brother of Shaka and Dingane, king from 1840 to 1872.

Cetshwayo kaMpande, son of Mpande, king from 1872 to 1884.

Dinuzulu kaCetshwayo, son of Cetshwayo kaMpande, king from 1884 to 1913.

Phumuzuzulu kaDinuzulu, son of Dinuzulu kaCetshwayo, king from 1913 to 1933.

Cyprian Bhekuzulu kaPhumuzuzulu, son of Solomon kaDinuzulu, king from 1948 to 1968.

Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu, son of Cyprian Bhekuzulu kaSolomon, king since 1971.

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