Shaka (shäˈkä) [key], d. 1828, paramount chief (1818–28) of the Zulus. He organized an army of some 40,000, and after reducing many enemy peoples to vassalage, he subjugated all of what is now KwaZulu-Natal. Shaka was murdered by his half-brother, Dingane. His name is also spelled Chaka.

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