Steeped in a rich heritage, the AmaHlubiKingdom has its routes firmly grounded as early as the 1300’s. Traditionasserts that the dynastic line of Langalibalele originated from King Chibi[1300 – 1325]. A proud and powerful clan, our history is coloredwith a rich legacy of Traditional Leaders, Chiefs and Kings. King Bhungane IIruled until very early 1800, laying the foundations of a strong and reliableKingdom; the heart and soul of the Hlubi Nation.
After his death, his son, Mthimkhulu II,assumed power and ruled from his homestead near Utrecht from 1800 to 1818.Mthimkhulu had fifteen sons’ and one daughter. The eldest son was Mahele, whiledesignated chief son was Dlomo known as Langalibalele. Other sons not so far mentioned were Gilikidi, Jijila, Ludidi, Mananga, Ncangwe, Mhlambiso, Mndebele,Ntambama and Phakathwayo, while the daughter was known as Sijama or Khwamide.
The 19th Century saw turbulent times in ourCountry, faced with continuing rivalry between traditional leaders and frominternational fronts by the British Empire, the Hlubi Nation remainedchallenged by these wars.
History reads that further pressures on theprosperity of our people led them to in time move away from our homeland andsettle far and wide across South Africa and its neighboring countries,returning only once a year for the traditional “Umkhosi Wokweshwama” Festival,the ceremony of tasting the fruits. Up until today, the head of our HlubiNation King Mthimkhulu III still holds this ceremony.
A celebration also practiced by KingBhungane, and continued by King Mthimkhulu II and his sons. Chief LangalibaleleI during the later years of the 1800’s faced further assault from the thenColony of Natal government, ultimately resulting in his banishment from Natalfor life, only returning in 1887, where he passed away two years later.Recognised not only by his AmaHlubi, but by numerous kingdoms in South Africaas well as politics, his legacy still continues.