Mgiliji Nhleko Death: Amabutho Head, Zihogo “Mgilija” Nhleko is Dead, Cause of Death

Mgilija Nhleko Death – Obituary (South Africa): The embattled Zulu amabutho warriors commander, Zihogo “Mgilija” Nhleko has passed away. His death came to our notice on November 8, 2021. However, his cause of death is yet unknown.

Zulu regiment general Sipho Mhlongo and regiments commanding Zihogo Mgilija Nhleko (right) led amabutho during a pro-Jacob Zuma protest in Nkandla.

Zulu emerges from the Nguni ethnic group in South Africa. Four main defensive African state clusters had emerged in eastern South Africa by the 1820s: the Pedi (led by Sekwati) in the Steelpoort valley, the Ngwane (led by Sobhuza) in the eastern Transvaal, the Mokoteli (led by Moshoeshoe) in the Caledon River region, and the Zulu (led by Shaka) south of the Swart-Mfolozi River.

Even though actual cause of death is yet unknown, Mgilija Nhleko died as a result of illness. His health start deteriorating before his death. According to Wiki, In August, he was admitted to St Benedict Hospital in Nongoma. He was also found to have had his right shoulder dislocated. His family was raising funds for his treatment.

The reason for his family to raise the fund was, that his doctor declared him suffering from tuberculosis (TB) of the joints. They thanked those who supported them.

Sihle Mavuso, Senior Politics Journalist for IOL announces his passing on twitter, he wrote, “BREAKING: The former leader of Zulu regiments, Mgilija Nhleko, has passed away. Nhleko who shot to fame when Zulu regiments paid their last respect during the burial of the late King Goodwill Zwelithini, has been sick for months and at some point he needed a special operation.”

Nhleko shot to fame after the passing of the late AmaZulu King Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu. He led Amabutho when they were paying respect and during the planting of the King.

In a statement on July 8 announcing the dismissal of Nhleko as the famous head, the chairman of the Osutu Royal Commission, Dr. Dumisani Khumalo, claimed that at some point during the celebration of the first fruit ceremony held in Enyokeni each year, Nhleko’s royal residence in Nongoma , To some extent rudely communicated with the late king, and later instructed to discuss the matter.

Khumalo later said that Nhleko was involved in some illegal activities. In one instance, he participated in a hunting ceremony in mid-June 2021. King Misuzulu was supposed to participate, but he was unable to participate in the hunt due to physical discomfort. Nhleko was later filmed in a video saying that he did not know the current king. “He further stated that he does not care whether he is deposed as the leader of Amaputo. After all, he said that even the traditional clothes and costumes he used were not bought by the royal family, but he bought it with his own money. ,” Kumalo said in the statement.

More About The Zulu Amabutho Warriors: How Conflicts split the Zulu elite into rival factions and led to Shaka’s assassination in 1828.

From 1824 the Zulu began to clash with Cape colonists who came to Port Natal (renamed Durban in 1835) and organized mercenary armies. These groups were comparable to the Portuguese prazero armies along the Zambezi and to the warlord state set up by the Portuguese trader João Albasini in the eastern Transvaal in the 1840s, but they operated on a smaller scale. During the 1820s European raiders joined Zulu amabutho in attacking areas north of the Swart-Mfolozi River and south of the Mzimkulu River, where in the mid-1820s French ships exported slaves. Francis Farewell’s raiders, in alliance with Zulu groups, seized women and children in the same area in 1828.

Conflicts split the Zulu elite into rival factions and led to Shaka’s assassination in 1828. Shaka’s half brother Dingane became the Zulu leader, but his succession was accompanied by civil wars and by increasing interference in the Delagoa Bay trading alliances. By the mid-1830s a coalition of Cape merchants had begun planning for the formal colonization of Natal, with its superb agricultural soils and temperate climate. The British left the less-desirable malaria-ridden Delagoa Bay region to the Portuguese, who traded slaves out of Lourenço Marques (now Maputo, Mozambique) for another half century.

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