izithakazelo zakwa mbatha:
(compiled by vusimuzi shandu & stanley mondle mbatha)mbatha, shandu ka ndaba;shandu son of ndaba,thank to you all
gumbi lama gwala;protector of the weak,
sontshikazi;grandfather of shandu,
mthiya othiya ngenkomo abafokazana bethiya ngamahlahla;you who fence your yard with cattle while others fence with wattle;ndabezitha!;a clan name combining shandu's father and great-grandfather mpangazitha,ushandu ubengengakanani ngoba nasentendeni yesandla uyenela;nasothini lomkhonto uyahlala athi cababa;shandu is small physically, he can fit on the palm of a hand,even on the tip of the spear he can sit comfortably,mazalankosi;mavungama,those that give birth to kings, those who grumble and complain,mathabathanyawo;those who step out with their feet;makhabaluthuli;those who always kick dust;
makhub'anothuli;those who work hard,
nina be nyathi emnyama ka nsele; you of the black buffalo of nsele,u shandu owalima insimu eyilimela izinyoni; he who planted a garden only for birds;zase zimbonga zathi tjiyo... tjiyo... tjiyo!birds would thank him by coming to the garden and sing,ubhabha ku gwaza;one who uses this sound as he stabs;unkentenkente olwakhela izintaba zase nhlazatshe;one who climbed hills of fort nhlazatshe;kwaze kwaphuma abafazi bengabhincile bathi ingabe lolu nkentenkente lunkenteza lwenzani;unclad women came out of their huts asking themselves what this particular man was doing,ushandu ongayimbathi ingubo, oyimbatha ngokusibekela kwelanga;shandu who only wears the blanket when the sun sets,ushandu omuhle ngamazinyo akhe; shandu who has beautiful teeth;wavala nge hemu emizini yamadoda;his heroism made him to close other people's kraals only with a shield,uzihlabathi zolwandle;as invincible as sands of the sea;ebe emkhulu engangezulu;he who is as great as heavens;wena ka magizagiza;the one of magizagiza,
mulamlankunzi zidedele zibulalane;one who is a peace maker but leave them to fight on,shandu uyinkosi eyabonwa nawu shaka ka senzangakhona;a king who was even recognised by shaka son of senzangakhona;yena abathi u shaka kashayeki; shaka the invincible;
wathi shandu ka ndaba uyinkosi, futhi uyohlala uyinkosi;he said you are a king shandu of ndaba and you will remain king,ndaba ko mkhulu!you of the royal household;
wo! nyathi;wo! buffalo,
mbeje, mndaba, mlotshwa, magwaz'aphindelele njengezulu,mbeje, mndaba, mlotshwa,you who stab repeatedly like heaven;mavungama owavungamel'umvelase evela enyandeni,you who complained when mvelase was brought from the bundle of grass;dladla, mpembe, gadlela, mhlophe, dwala;mgabadeli owagabadela inkundla kwabulawayo;you who crossed the grounds of bulawayo;mgabadeli ngokugabadela izinkomo zamadoda! you who took other people's cattle!mbatha wena owambath'isikhumba se nyathi, u zulu esahamba-ze!you who wore the buffalo hide while zulu was still walking naked;wena owaba ngu ndabezitha kuqala; you who was ndabezitha first,baze bazama ukuthatha izibongo zakho ngamaqhinga!they tried to take your praisename with sinister plans;wasala uzisebenzisa, njengoba usazisebenzisa namanje;you kept using your praisenames as you are still using them today!ndabezitha!ndabakomkhulu!
you of the royal household!