Supposedly if he killed Magaye, it would appear to be out of jealousy because Magaye was so handsome and "Shaka himself was ugly, with a protruding forehead".
The successor of Senzangakona On the death of Senzangakona, Dingiswayo aided Shaka to defeat his brother and assume leadership ca. Shaka began to further refine the "ibutho" system used by Dingiswayo and others and, with Mthethwa's support over the next several years, forged alliances with his smaller neighbours, to counter the growing threat from Ndwandwe raiding from the north.
Early life Bhebhe, the past chief of the Elangeni tribe, born near present day Melmoth, Kwa Zulu-Natal Province.
He was conceived out of wedlock somewhere between 17.
This would open the door for future British incursions into the Zulu kingdom that were not so peaceful.
Shaka observed several demonstrations of European technology and knowledge, but held that the Zulu way was superior to that of the foreigners.
At this point, Shaka moved southwards across the Thukela River, establishing his capital Bulawayo in Qwabe territory; he never did move back into the traditional Zulu heartland.
In that encounter Zwide's mother Ntombazi, a Sangoma (Zulu seer or shaman), was killed by Shaka.
In his early days, Shaka served as a warrior under the sway of local chieftain Dingiswayo and the Mthethwa, to whom the Zulu were then paying tribute Dingiswayo called up the em Dlatsheni i Ntanga (age-group), of which Shaka was part, and incorporated it in the Izichwe regiment.
Shaka served as a Mthethwa warrior for perhaps as long as ten years, and distinguished himself with his courage, though he did not rise, as legend has it, to a great position.
Shaka was victorious in battle, although his forces sustained heavy casualties, which included his head military commander, Umgobhozi Ovela Entabeni.
In the initial years, Shaka had neither the influence nor reputation to compel any but the smallest of groups to join him, and he operated under Dingiswayo's aegis until the latter's death at the hands of Zwide's Ndwandwe.
Physical descriptions Though much remains unknown about Shaka's personal appearance, sources tend to agree he had a strong, muscular body and was not fat.