Madikane II Thandisizwe Diko was installed on the 10th of April 2010 as the King of amaBhaca.
He was the son of Kumkani Mzawugugi Diko and Queen Nosizwe Diko; and hails from the noble lineage of King Diko, one of the sons of King Madzikane.
King Madzikane’s forebears can be traced back to King Lufulwenja whose leadership was rooted in the region north of the Phongola River in the 16th century. King Lufulwenja is regarded in amaBhaca history as the wellspring of the nation that exists today.
AmaBhaca today predominantly reside in a geographical area known as KwaBhaca (formerly known as Mount Frere) in the Eastern Cape. The amaBhaca have distinct and distinguishable language (isibhaca), traditions and customs that form the basis of their collective identity. They are an abaNguni peoples whose historical roots can be traced back to the Great Lakes region of Central Africa.
The Kingdom of amaBhaca has existed since the 17th century and was not incorporated during the Zulu Kingdom’s state formation under King Shaka kaSenzangakhona. Owing to the amaBhaca’s and their leaders’ valiant resistance to colonial rule in the 1800’s, it was undermined and eventually stripped of its status by colonial authorities and the kingdom annexed. This dispossession was furthered by the apartheid rulers.
The Kingdom of KwaBhaca is today a vibrant community with its own leadership, distinct traditions and rich cultural practices. In honour of iiNgonyama zamaBhaca ngokulandelana kwazo (successive Kings of amaBhaca) the struggle of the Kingdom of KwaBhaca to turn back the great injustices of the past, and to reclaim its status and position, continues.