Tshaka the Zulu King(c1787-1828). Image credit myspace.com

Tshaka the Zulu King(c1787-1828). Image credit myspace.com

ZIMSEC O Level History Notes: The Zulu under Tshaka: Reasons why Tshaka was assassinated.

  • He was an absolute ruler/tyrant.
  • He disrespected and often humiliated traditional chiefs.
  • He did not consult with his commanders.
  • He dismissed commanders at will often  for petty reasons.
  • He killed his subjects for petty offences.
  • He killed any girl whom he impregnated because he did not want a successor.
  • He did not give his relatives positions of authority.
  • The army became exhausted as a result of endless military campaigns.
  • Tshaka’s successes made his relatives Dingaane and Mhalangane jealous and want to usurp the throne.
  • Mkabayi suspected Tshaka of killing his mother.

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