King Goodwill Zwelithini is born in Nongoma

King Goodwill Zwelithini, photo by David Dodds Image source

Wednesday, 14 July 1948

Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu, eldest son of King Cyprian Bhekuzulu kaSolomon and his second wife, Queen Thomo was born in Nongoma, Zululand (now KwaZulu-Natal). He recieved formal instruction in traditional Zulu customs while he was at his father's residence of Khethomtandayo. Zwelithini was installed as the eighth monarch of the Zulus at a traditional ceremony attended by 20 000 people in Nongoma on the 3rd of December 1971.

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Last updated : 14-Jul-2017

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