Dlamini Zizi Clan Names History and Origin

Here is a list of Dlamini Zizi clan names and their history and origin.

Jongumhlaba and Gwebindlala Menziwa

INkosi Jongumhlaba ka Gwebindlala was the founding patriarch of the Dlamini Zizi clan. He was responsible for reinstating its dignity at Pokwana Ka Menziwa Great Place; furthermore he was the father of INkosi Ntondwa Zizi.

Dlamini Zizi Clan Names

  • Dlamini
  • Zizi
  • Mzizi
  • Mzondo
  • Ntsele
  • Luzipho
  • Mhlambiso
  • Bhungane
  • Mdubuli
  • Thakathi

Inkosi Lunika

Ayagonzo zizibhobhe eMpuma zazizwe ngumqondiso. Ndawo ngomqondiso ziziye ukuqhelela ngumntu wazizwe. Ndoda ngomqondiso kufuneka uMpuma ze-Zimbabwe ngesantya kuxhobisa umsebenzi.

INkosi Lunika fathered Ncobo and Rhadebe from his posthumous wife (through Rhadebe, Right Hand house of Mthimkhulu). From them came Dlomo. This Dlamini zizi clan belonged to Mthimkhulu branch; making him one of the oldest within that clan.

Born between 1780-1889. Died between 1889-1906.

Inkosi Zangashe

INkosi Zangashe Ka Pokwana Menziwa Dlamini Zizi is the father of Inkosi Lunika and MamBhele was his mother. INkosi Pokwana’s first-born son died during a battle between amaZizi and amaMpondo led by INkosi Faku in eThukela, and this battle eventually caused INkosi Pokwana’s demise.

The family is well-known in law, politics, commerce and sports – as well as for their generosity towards supporting those in need. Furthermore, their descendants are known for their bravery during battle.

Their family tree can be traced back to Ngwena clan through Ngangelizwe who was one of its members and brave warrior. Ngangelizwe was said to have participated in several key battles such as Nongxokozelo but his wife Nomkhafulo ran away as soon as he appeared and ended up meeting Nkosi Zangashe from AmaZizi kraal where they married and eventually formed Mbebele family of AmaZizi, known for being well known throughout KZN as well as outside it.

Inkosi Menziwa

The Inkosi Menziwa clan were known for their fighting skills. King Matiwane mentioned them in his popular praise song known as Ikoyi Zikhali which is often performed at special family occasions or ceremonies within Ndabezitha homes.

The title Inkosi is used in Southern Africa to identify chieftains. This title is often passed from father to son and it entails authority over several subordinate Inkosis; Inkosis with authority over multiple subinkosis are known as Inkosis Enkhulus which refers to “great chieftainship.”

The Inkosi Menziwa clan is well known throughout South Africa. This family boasts prominent and successful members that have come to prominence over its rich history that dates back to early settlements on the continent, continuing to meet challenges head-on and excel in all fields of endeavor; evidenced by numerous notable members who have achieved international renown.

Inkosi Mthwesi

At this time, the Mthwesi clan was led by King Mashimane who was both powerful and influential. He reigned with integrity and truthfulness (nangeqiniso), making him immensely popular with the people. He had several wives that all bore sons; additionally, Notshiki (his daughter) was his daughter – making her quite famous herself! Additionally, Mashimane was well known as an outstanding warrior with an impressive army at his command.

His son was Inkosi Mthwesi lwe Mfazwe and they fought against the Nguniland tribes to expand their territory. This was when their empire first began expanding.

After Mthwesi died, his brother Inkosi Ntondwa assumed rule. As an excellent ruler he waged battle against Nguniland tribes while making sure the land could be used for agricultural purposes.

Princess Miselwa married into the Voyiya family of AmaBhaca eMkhanzi Engcobo; Princess Mabel married into Poswayo family of eNyanga eNcenebana Ngqongqo; while Princess Nomakula married into Ntsele family Ndalo eMpumalanga Engcobo. JH Soga’s book on South Eastern Bantu can be found in libraries across South Africa as JH Soga published his South Eastern Bantu Wits University Press 1930.

Inkosi Khuze

The iNkosi Khuze initially formed part of amaMaphumulo until Shaka left their area. Following his departure, some moved south and settled around Stanger while others relocated further south where Cele Chief Mande lived – his Kraal was known as Imfene”.

The Ndzundza and Manala groups merged with the Inkosi Khuze group at eThukela but continued moving south until reaching Middleburg near where they stopped moving altogether; at which time Ndzundza settled at Roosebekalo while Manala moved northward towards Turfloop.

At the time of their merger, Xabadiya was still under guardianship from Nkosi Menziwa and took on leadership of iNkosi Khuze once he reached adulthood. Soon thereafter, it has become one of the most influential clans in South Africa and still exists today, often fighting battles and wars against other tribes while being an influential presence in their region. Additionally, their culture and traditions remain intact today.

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