King Shaka Zulu

Today, in South Africa, people all over are celebrating Heritage day. And of course *Braai Day. Heritage Day is a public holiday set aside for busy South African’s to step away from hectic schedules and take a deep breathe, and celebrate their traditional cultures, “the diversity of their beliefs and traditions”, and of course to *”shisa nyama“. What most don’t know though, the 24th of September (or thereabouts) is also the day on which, in 1828, King Shaka Zulu was assassinated by his half brother Dingaan.

Skethch of a Zulu Dance at the Royal Kraal of King Shaka by Nathaniel Isaacs in 1836

Zulu Dance at the Royal Kraal of King Shaka. Nathaniel Isaacs, circa 1836