Subscribe to the bi-annual report
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

SAM Hlubi[Source: by Paddy Harper – translated.]

The struggle for ownership of Durban and Pietermaritzburg has degenerated into a conflict between kings, for the King of the Hlubi nation is adamant: They [= the Hlubi] had never been defeated by Shaka [= Zulu king] and therefore they will not be defeated by a giant land claim either.

King Mthimkhulu III, who was inaugurated as king of the Amahlubi in May 2014, demands restitution and other rights to the same piece of land on the KwaZulu-Natal coastline as the Zulu monarch, King Goodwill Zwelithini.

Mthimkhulu said on Friday that research to back the claim on behalf of the descendants of the Hlubi kings is “well underway”.

Since the 1300s, the Hlubi kings have allegedly all settled  in respectively KwaZulu-Natal, the Eastern Cape, the Free State and Mpumalanga.

A week ago, King Zwelithini met with his chieftains to discuss the idea of submitting a single, multi-billion-rand land claim on behalf of the Zulu communities.

The huge claim will be coordinated by the Ingonyama Trust, by means of which Zwelithini has titular control of tribal land in KwaZulu-Natal.

He wishes to claim the mineral and other rights, rather than the restitution of land that is being used productively.

According to Mthimkhulu, leader of the counter claimants, Hlubi royalty met in Midrand on 28 June 2014, and gave the go ahead to a team of five, of whom he is the head, to submit their own claim on behalf of communities in the four provinces.

The King estimates that about 12 million people are part of the Hlubi nation.

An assessment of “Hlubi Land” in the four provinces has been completed already, and the King and his team have consulted with the various communities on how they would like the claim to proceed.

According to information in the documents prepared for the Hlubi Royal Council, Hlubi kings once ruled over most of the area “mistakenly” called KwaZulu-Natal today.

It is stated that Shaka never defeated the Amahlubi.

The documents conclude that “He was in fact rather happy to have them rule as independent neighbours”.

The King adds that cities such as Durban and Pietermaritzburg also fall within the boundaries of the Hlubi claim.

Follow-up meetings are planned for August by which time the research will have been finalized.

Prior to his inauguration, King Mthimkhulu III, also known as Bryce Mthimkhulu, had been a successful businessman.

He says there is “no possibility” that the Amahlubi will withdraw their claim in favor of Zwelithini’s claim.

Judge Jerome Ngwenya, Chairperson of the Ingonyama Trust, says that they are not aware of the Hlubi claim.


South Africa at a Glance
57 700 000 (mid 2018 estimate)
4.4% y/y in April 2019 (CPI) & +6.5 y/y in April 2019 (PPI)
-3.2% q/q (1st quarter of 2019)
More information: Click here!