"Dinizulu, king of the Zulus, c.1910"

Dinizulu, King of the Zulus
Public DomainDinizulu, King of the Zulus - Credit: E. E. Caney
Dinuzulu kaCetshwayo (1868–1913) was the king of the Zulu nation from 1884 until his death in 1913. He succeeded his father Cetshwayo, who was the last king of the Zulus to be officially recognized as such by the British.  In 1890 Dinuzulu was exiled to the island of St Helena for seven years for leading a Zulu army against the British from 1883 to 1884.  In 1906 he was accused of treason against the British government, found guilty and sentenced to four years in 1908.  In 1910 General Louis Botha became the first Prime Minister of the Union of South Africa, and ordered his release.  He died on a farm in the Transvaal in 1913.

On state occasions, Dinizulu wore a necklace about 12 feet in length. It consisted of 1,000 or more wood beads, made from a South African yellow wood and strung on a rawhide lace.