Born in July 1948 in Nongoma, Natal, King Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu reigned until his death. (KwaZulu-Natal today - KZN). He is King Cyprian Bhekuzulu KaSolomon's eldest son, his second wife, Queen Thomo, and King Cyprian Bhekuzulu KaSolomon's eldest son with Queen Thomo's first wife. He first studied at the Bekezulu College of Chiefs before continuing his training through private instruction. He grew up with formal training in traditional Zulu customs and traditions in Khethomthandayo, the official residence of his father. In 1968 his father died, while the young Zwelithini graduated in the UK, a regent was chosen to supervise the administration of the Royal affairs. There was tremendous disagreement in South Africa between the South African government and the KwaZulu Royal Family at the time of the regency decision.
On 3 December 1971, during a traditional ceremony held in Nongoma attended by almost 20,000 people, he was formally installed as the eighth monarch of the Zulus. The constitution of the country described the status of the King as ceremonial and subjected to the constitutional power of the Chief Minister of the country, Mangosuthu Buthelezi. As a result, tensions between the two leaders flared. Buthelezi accused Zwelithini in 1975 of interfering with the party's internal affairs. The KwaZulu-Natal government mandated that before traveling out of the Nongoma Tribal Area the King acquire cabinet authorization. Further charges against King Zwelithini with collusion with the Mozambican government were made by Buthelezi in 1979, following which the King denied the "puppet of the South African government" to the KwaZulu-Natal government. He was also accused of seeking to establish a political party, Inala, in order to gain authority for the appointment of the Kwazulu-Natal Chief Minister.
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