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Zulu king Mpande, the defeat of Dingane, the battle of Ndondokusuka.

Zulu Kings: Mpande

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MpandeSome months later, Mpande, Dingane's half brother (who had somehow escaped murder by his brother) defected to the Trekkers.

His general, Nongalaza defeated Dingane at the battle of Magongo Hills, Mkuze, forcing him to flee to Swaziland where he was killed by his own people.

Mpande was installed as the king of the Zulus and reigned for more than thirty years. However, long before his death, a power struggle arose between two of his sons - Cetshwayo and Mbuyazi - that was settled when the former defeated the latter at the bloody battle of Ndondakusuka in 1856 in which 23,000 Zulu warriors perished.

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