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By unknown | Jan 30, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Gugu Sibiya

Gugu Sibiya

Shaka Zulu, the son of Senzangakhona and Nandi, the strategic militarian and disciplined warrior, remains one of the most revered and formidable leaders of the Zulu nation.

It is this story that will be told about this feared, yet respected leader, on Shaka Zulu, a documentary that will be flighted on DStv's channel 254 tomorrow at 6.30pm.

Reams of paper have been dedicated to telling the story of one of the most influential leaders of his time. Sadly, because the historians documenting this story are white, they portray it in an unsatisfactory manner.

Possibly because of his unmatched military skills, whites, who only gained a foothold in the largest nation's kingdom, have a tendency to exaggerate events surrounding him.

This documentary relives his amazing military skills, his quest to continuously improve his war tactics, instil discipline and pride in his nation, and his vision to build the Zulu nation into the mighty one it is today.

In spite of his painful upbringing, he displayed his intelligence, determination and ambition to take the Zulus into unheard-of heights.

Sadly, the documentary also perpetuates the unproven stereotypes about him committing incredible atrocities and cruelties against his people.

As a young man, Shaka joined the army of Dingiswayo and soon became its highest commander. At the beginning of the 19th century, Shaka had created the most powerful kingdom in Southern Africa.


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