Reigning King Lobhengula (Bulelani Khumalo) yesterday sent a condolence message to King Goodwill Zwelithini’s family following the traditional leader’s death on Friday. King Bulelani Khumalo in his condolence message said there was so much history between the Zulu nation and the Ndebele nation and he was sending his condolences to the Zulu nation as they mourn their own.
Zimbabwe’s Ndebele King Lobengula’s descendant Bulelani Khumalo, has sent a condolence message to the Zulu nation in South Africa over the death of King Goodwill Zwelithini. Bulelani is King Mzilikazi Khumalo’s progeny, while Zwelithini shares lineage with King Shaka Zulu. pic.twitter.com/oETHzcIDNN
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According to the NewsHawks, Ndebeles view King Khumalo as the rightful heir to the Mlizikazi thrown:
Bulelani, viewed by many Ndebeles as the righful heir, is son of Prince Humphrey Khumalo, son of Prince Patrick Khumalo, son of Prince Rhodes Khumalo, son of Prince Njube Khumalo, son of King Lobengula himself who was the son of the Ndebele nation founder King Mzilikazi Khumalo.
Bulelani’s ancestor Lobengula fought the most pitched battles with colonial invaders in Zimbabwe. Lobengula was the biggest and most powerful force at the time; he had a huge army with fierce regiments from Matabeleland South to Midlands regions in today’s geographical parlance.