The Zulu Royal family arguably began with Shaka kaSenzangakhona, who turned a small clan into a large and well-known nation.
The present head of the Zulu Royal Family is king Goodwill Zwelethini kaBhekuzulu, the current monarch of the Zulu nation of South Africa. Goodwill Zwelethini was born 14 July 1948 in Nongoma, KwaZulu-Natal. He became king on the death of his father, His late Majesty King Cyprian Bhekuzulu kaSolomon in 1968.
Goodwill Zwelethini has six wives, the third of whom is Mantfombi Dlamini, born 1956, daughter of Sobhuza II of Swaziland, married 1973. A condition for this marriage was that she become first wife, which determines the king's successor.
He has 27 children (as of 2003).