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The Hlubi (or amaHlubi) are a South African ethnic group. For at least two centuries they have been a part of the Nguni, Mbo or Lala nation. They are found in the Republic of South Africa in the KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Cape and North West provinces, with an original settlement on the Buffalo River.

Hlubi kings[edit]

Below is a traditional estimation of the Hlubi Kings that ruled from 1300 until now.[1] Note that Hlubi history comes mainly from oral sources and the dates below should not be taken as historically accurate.

King Reign
Chibi 1300–1325
Lubelo 1325–1350
Busobengwe (Bhungane I) 1350–1370
Fulathel’ilangjuhja 1370–1390
Bhele 1390–1410
Lufelelwenja 1410–1430
Sidwabasenkomo 1430–1450
Mhuhu 1450–1475
Mpembe 1475–1500
Mhlanga 1500–1525
Musi 1525–1550
Masoka 1550–1575
Ndlovu 1575–1600
Dlamini 1600–1625
Mthimkhulu I 1625–1650
Ncobo and later, Hadebe 1650–1675
Dlomo I 1675–1710
Mashiya 1710–1720
Ntsele 1735–1760
Bhungane II 1760–1800
Mthimkhulu II (Ngwadlazibomvu) 1800–1818
Dlomo II and later, Mthethwa (commonly known as Langalibalele I) 1839–1889
Siyephu (Mandiza) 1897–1910
Tatazela (Mthunzi) 1926–1956
Muziwenkosi (Langalibalelle ll) 1974 –

Language[edit]

Main article: Hlubi language

The amaHlubi speak a dialect of or closely related to Swazi, one of the Tekela languages in the Nguni branch of the Niger–Congo language family.

The Hlubi dialect is endangered, and most Hlubi speakers are elderly and illiterate. There are attempts by Hlubi intellectuals to revive the language and make it one of the eleven recognised languages in South Africa.[1]

References[edit]

Further reading[edit]


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3 news items

 
ZimEye - Zimbabwe News
Sat, 29 Aug 2015 07:48:45 -0700

Sources at the international airport confirmed to media that the King of the Hlubi people of South Africa who are subjects of Zulu king Goodwill, Zwelithini sneaked into the country as Zwelithini's emissary. Media was recently a awash with news that ...

Mail & Guardian Online

Mail & Guardian Online
Thu, 07 Aug 2014 15:00:24 -0700

These issues go back to the Mfecane, troubles that occurred in the Highveld that led to the dispersion of Hlubi people. They became part and parcel of the Sotho people in some instances. I have not heard of a claim by the Bafokeng. Of course the ...

Mail & Guardian Online

Mail & Guardian Online
Thu, 07 Aug 2014 15:00:24 -0700

The Hlubi people are also demanding restitution and financial compensation for the same tract of land as the Zulu king. The Restitution of Land Rights Amendment Act, recently signed into law, only refers to the reopening of land claims after the 1913 ...
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