Nkandla Local Municipality

Nkandla Local Municipality
—  Local municipality  —
Location in KwaZulu-Natal
Location in KwaZulu-Natal
Country South Africa
Province KwaZulu-Natal
District uThungulu District
Seat Nkandla
 - Total 1,827 km2 (705.4 sq mi)
Population (2007)[1]
 - Total 34,991
 - Density 19.2/km2 (49.6/sq mi)
 - Households 6,657
Racial makeup[2] (2007)
 - Black African 99.99%
 - White <0.01%
 - Coloured <0.01%
 - Indian or Asian <0.01%
Time zone SAST (UTC+2)
Municipal code KZN286

Nkandla is an administrative area in the uThungulu District of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa.

Nkandla (Enqabeni Enkulu KwaZulu) is an Zulu name for a hiding place of the Zulus a long time ago during the times of war, e.g the Bambatha Rebellion and the Ndwandwe war from Entumeni. The warriors used the Nkandla forest as their last resort for protection from their enemies. It was very difficult to fight the warriors who were hiding in the thick and dark forest (iNkandla eMahlathi Amnyama). Most of the Zulu heroes' graves are found at Nkandla, for example, Bambatha's grave is at Nsuze.[3]

Nkandla is the home town of the current President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma.


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