Prince Dabulamanzi kaMpande
The Zulu Knight is represented by the figure of Prince Dabulamanzi kaMpande who was King Cetshwayo’s full brother. His figure is seen in the prime of his life, at 35 years of age, mounted on horseback. He is gesturing and shouting commands to his warriors. His head dress is decorated with lourie feathers, which signify his high rank.
Prince Dabulamanzi was a senior commander (Induna), who in peace times was a high-ranking dignitary. He was a trusted elder of the tribe, who saw to the efficient running of Zulu society. In times of war, the Induna organised troop movements and commanded battle manoeuvres. The Induna was personally chosen by the King, and was answerable only to the King.
He was in command of the Zulu Reserve warriors at the battle at Isandlwana on the 22nd January 1879. Later, in the afternoon of the same day, he led his men in the attack on Rorke’s Drift. His action, that afternoon, was against the command off the King. It was only his blood relationship with King Cetshwayo that saved him from punishment. If Prince Dabulamanzi had done as the King had instructed, the deaths of so many fearless warriors would have been prevented.