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This resource is hosted by the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory, but was compiled and authored by Padraig O’Malley. It is the product of almost two decades of research and includes analyses, chronologies, historical documents, and interviews from the apartheid and post-apartheid eras.

Zwelithini, King Goodwill

1948 -

King Zwelithini was born in Nongoma, KwaZulu, the son of King Cyprian. He was installed as monarch of the Zulu in 1971.

Chief Mangosuthu Buthelezi wrote the monarchy out of politics in both the KwaZulu and Inkatha constitutions and accused the King of conspiring to form an opposition party. During CODESA Zwelithini's status became a point of bitter contention between Buthelezi and the CODESA delegates and Buthelezi refused to attend CODESA 2 in May 1992 in protest over the lack of clarity on the future of the King's position.

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