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KWAZULU

Incorporated into : 1994 KwaZulu-Natal

Arms of KwaZulu

Official blazon

  • Arms: A Zulu shield Argent charged with a Zulu Royal Sceptre erect proper, between nine pairs of spear thongs in pale and in base pied an oval Sable.
  • Crest: A headring Sable, thereon an elephant’s head caboshed proper.
  • Supporters: Dexter a leopard clasping in his sinister claw a spear erect and sinister a lion clasping in his dexter claw a spear erect proper, standing on a compartment Vert.

Motto: SONQOBA SIMUNYE

Origin/meaning

The arms were officially granted on September 8, 1972.

The shield itself is the shield of the Royal regiment of the Zulu tribes. It symbolises the protection for the people. The sceptre is a symbol of Royal power. The headring in the base is a symbol of maturity, as it is only worn by man of high standing. The elephant symbolises power. The two supporters (a natural lion Leo leo and and leopard Leo pardis) also hold traditional spears, and symbolise the will of the people to defend themselves.

The motto Sonqoba Simunye can be translated as "We will overcome (or triumph) together; We are one."


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Literature : The Star 20-06-1975; Brownell, FG: 1998: Symbols of Sovereignty of South Africa's former Independent and Self-Governing National States; Informa April 1985.


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