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Examples of Assegai
If a man was observed to show the slightest hesitation about coming to close quarters with the enemy, he was executed as soon as the fight was over.
As he conquered a tribe, he enrolled its remnants in his army, so that they might in their turn help to conquer others.
But even a Zulu must have some object in life, some shrine at which to worship, some mistress of his affections.
This regulation came into force because it was found that men without home ties were more ferocious and made better soldiers, and the result of these harsh rules was that the Zulu warrior, living as he did under the shadow of a savage discipline, for any breach of which there was but one punishment, death, can hardly be said to have led a life of domestic comfort, such as men of all times and nations have thought their common right.
I am no king, but sit in a heap.
No wonder that we find him in despair renewing his prayer that Sompseu will allow him to make "one little raid only, one small swoop," and saying that "it is the custom of our country, when a new king is placed over the nation, to wash their spears, and it has been done in the case of all former kings of Zululand.