​February 8, 1884: Cetshwayo kaMpande Died 

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Cetshwayo kaMpande died aged 57–60, presumably from a heart attack, though there is the possibility that he was poisoned.

His body was buried in a field within sight of the forest, to the south near Nkunzane River. The remains of the wagon which carried his corpse to the site was placed on the grave, and its remains may be seen at Ondini Museum, near Ulundi.

Cetshwayo is remembered by historians as being the last king of an independent Zulu nation. His son Dinizulu, as heir to the throne, was proclaimed king on May 20, 1884, supported by (other) Boer mercenaries.

A blue plaque commemorates Cetshwayo at 18 Melbury Road, Kensington.

Cetshwayo kaMpande was the King of the Zulu Kingdom from 1872 to 1879 and their leader during the Anglo-Zulu War (1879). His name has been transliterated as Cetawayo, Cetewayo, Cetywajo and Ketchwayo.

He famously led the Zulu nation to victory against the British in the Battle of Isandlwana.

Read about his legacy at: Daily Black History Facts

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  • Velma Phlegm Watson March 21, 2017 - 4:22 pm Reply

    This Zulu King did a lot to help his people, but it was said that perhaps warriors from another tribe was encourage by the British to get one of his warriors to give a certain tonic, that really was poison. They did and he died. Upon his death so many terrible things were said about him, which is why he was buried near the river with little or no prompts. He was a good king, beating the British Butts and kept the Zulu’s Standing.

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