Dingaan

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Dingaan

 

Date of birth unknown; died in 1843. Supreme leader (inkosi) of the union of Zulu tribes from 1828 to 1840.

In the 1830’s, Dingaan led the Zulus in their armed struggle against the Boer and English colonizers. The Zulu troops inflicted a series of defeats on the Boers, but they were ultimately beaten by the English and Boers in December 1838 in the Inkom River valley. As a result of the Zulu War of 1838-40, the southern part of the country was annexed. In 1840, Dingaan was overthrown by his brother Upanda, a puppet of the Boer colonizers. Dingaan fled to Swaziland, where he was murdered.

REFERENCE

Potekhin, I. I. Formirovanie natsional’noi obshchnosti iuzhnoafrikanskikh bantu. Moscow, 1955.