King Shaka’s Visitors Centre
King Shaka Zulu was killed on 24 September 1828 by two of his brothers. He was sitting on a rock when they assassinated him and then later they threw his body into an empty grain pit. The Zulu Nation erected the memorial on the site of King Shaka's grave in 1932. Next to the memorial is the rock that is believed to be the one he was on when he was assassinated. It was rolled across the street and placed next to the memorial.
On the memorial, Shaka’s name is spelled Tshaka. It is important to note that the exact location of Shaka’s grave is unknown, just the general area.
24 September was first known as "Shaka Day", however it wasn’t part of the national public holidays. "Shaka Day", is a day that the Zulu tribes celebrate in honour of the legacy of their Zulu King Shaka and till today with his death, King Shaka still unites his people on the 24 September yearly.
However the name was changed to Heritage Day in 1995 when the first Democratically elected government decided to change it. The Inkatha Freedom Party opposed this as they have a great fellowship of Zulu supporters. However "Shaka Day" was used as a stepping-stone for Heritage day as King Shaka’s, "Shaka Day" united the Zulu Clans and Heritage day is about uniting South Africa as a Rainbow Nation.
Former President Nelson Mandela explained the change of name in his Heritage Speech of 1995; he said, “When our first democratically elected government decided to make Heritage Day one of our national days, we did so because we knew that our rich and varied cultural heritage has a profound power to help build our new nation. We did so knowing that the struggles against the injustice and inequities of the past are part of our national identity; they are part of our culture. We knew that, if indeed our nation has to rise like the proverbial phoenix from the ashes of division and conflict, we had to acknowledge those whose selfless efforts and talents were dedicated to this goal of non-racial democracy."