During the last years of his life, Shaka built a new capital for his Zulu nation in the warmth of the north coast. He named it KwaDukuza (the place of the lost person) because of the capital's complex labyrinth of huts.

It was here, in a small kraal attached to the capital that Shaka was assassinated by two of his half brothers, Dingane and Mhlangane, on 22 September 1828, and his body buried in a hole.

In 1873 a european town was planned on the site and named after William Stanger, the surveyor general of Natal.

Stanger was renamed KwaDukuza on March 3, 2006.

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