King Lobengula’s Great-grandson Dies In Eastern Cape

A descendant of King Lobengula, Thafetha Njube Khumalo, has died. He was aged 80. Khumalo, who is a great-grandson of the last Ndebele monarch, died in Eastern Cape where he had been residing.

Family spokesperson and brother to Thafetha, Prince Zwide Khumalo, confirmed his death, saying it’s a big loss to the family. Khumalo died from high blood pressure on Christmas Day. Prince Zwide Khumalo had this to say;

Thafetha has been staying in South Africa for decades. He died on December 25, 2018, after struggling with high blood pressure. He had been partially blind for a long time. At the time of his death, he was working in South Africa.

He was the last born of Albert Njube Khumalo, who was one of the founders of Highlanders Football Club and was a grandson to King Lobengula. Thafetha was a great-grandson to King Lobengula.

Prince Khumalo added that Thafetha will be buried at plot 19 in Gwatemba tomorrow and mourners are gathered at 1172/2 Old Magwegwe in Bulawayo.

Meanwhile, Thafetha, who had no children, was married to an Xhosa woman who died years ago.


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King Lobengula was the second king of the Ndebele people who are believed to have migrated from Transvaal during the Mfecane upheavals which were instigated by Tshaka around the 1830s. He was the first son of King Mzilikazi. He signed a hoard of treaties with... Read More About King Lobengula

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  1. Prince Zwide Khumalo Reply

    Corrections on article about the Late Prince Thafetha Njube Khumalo a descendant of King Lobengula:

    He actually died at 3pm on 25 December 2018 at 1172/2 Old Magwegwe, Bulawayo.Burial was at Plot 65 in Gwatemba Purchase area.

    At the time he passed on he was retired from employment in the Eastern Cape.He had been employed at the sea coast at the fisheries.Before that he used to work for Strongman that used to travel to Bulawayo with him.

    The family thanks all who assisted in different ways.Chief V.Mafu is thanked for facilitating the success of the funeral in Filabusi.

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