King Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu was born in Nongoma, Natal, in July 1948 and reigned until his death in 2011. (now KwaZulu-Natal - KZN). He is the eldest son of King Cyprian Bhekuzulu kaSolomon and his second wife, Queen Thomo, and the eldest son of King Cyprian Bhekuzulu kaSolomon and his first wife, Queen Thomo. He received his initial education at the Bekezulu College of Chiefs and then continued his education through private tutoring. He grew up in Khethomthandayo, his father's official residence, where he got formal instruction in traditional Zulu customs and traditions. In 1968, his father passed away, and a regent was chosen to oversee the management of the Royal affairs while the young Zwelithini finished his education in the United Kingdom. When it came to the decision of regency, there was a fierce disagreement between the South African government and the KwaZulu royal family in South Africa.
On 3 December 1971, he was formally installed as the eighth Monarch of the Zulus during a traditional ceremony in Nongoma that was attended by almost 20,000 people. The country's constitution designated the King's position as ceremonial and subject to the power of the country's Chief Minister, Mangosuthu Buthelezi, according to the Constitution. As a result of this, tensions erupted between the two leaders. Buthelezi accused Zwelithini of interfering in the internal affairs of the party in 1975. Following this development, the KwaZulu-Natal government insisted that the King receive cabinet consent before traveling outside the Nongoma Tribal Authority Area. Further accusations against King Zwelithini of colluding with the Mozambican government were leveled by Buthelezi in 1979, after which the King denied the KwaZulu-Natal government's labeling as a "puppet of the South African administration." He was also accused of attempting to start a political party, Inala, with the goal of gaining the authority to nominate the Chief Minister of Kwazulu-Natal.
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