Shaka Memorial

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Shaka Memorial
Coordinates 29°20′24.19″S 31°17′40.1″E / 29.3400528°S 31.294472°E / -29.3400528; 31.294472Coordinates: 29°20′24.19″S 31°17′40.1″E / 29.3400528°S 31.294472°E / -29.3400528; 31.294472
Location KwaDukuza/Stanger, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Opening date 1932
Dedicated to Shaka

The Shaka Memorial is a provincial heritage site in Stanger in the KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa. It marks the resting place of the Zulu King Shaka near the site where he was assassinated by his half-brothers Dingane and Mhlangana while sitting on a rock near the barracks at his capital Dukuza.[1]

According to the 1938 Government Gazette, the monument was made in Newcastle and erected in 1932 on the site of King Shaka's grave.[2]

Adjacent to the memorial is the rock on which King Shaka was alleged to be sitting at the time of his assassination on 22 September 1828.[3] It was rolled across the street from its original site to where it now lies.[4] The date is commemorated with a national public holiday marked by a gathering at the memorial in honour of King Shaka led by the Zulu king, his warriors and dignitaries.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Detailed account of Shaka's life and death, accessed 5 May 2012
  2. ^ South African Heritage Resource Agency database
  3. ^ This Day in History, 22 September 1828, accessed 5 May 2012
  4. ^ King Shaka Memorial Visitor Info, accessed 5 May 2012
  5. ^ King Shaka Day celebrations, accessed 5 May 2012

External links[edit]

External image
Photo of the memorial from Amafa/KwaZulu-Natal Heritage