DBZ-Ntuli-South-AfricaDeuteronomy Bhekinkosi ‘DBZ’ Ntuli was born at Gcotsheni, Eshowe, on 8 May 1940. He matriculated at St Francis College, Mariannhill, and completed his junior degree at the University College of Zululand. After working for three years as an announcer/ producer for the Zulu service of the SABC, he joined the staff of the University of South Africa as a lecturer in the Department of African Languages. In 1978 he was awarded a D Litt degree by Unisa. He was head of the Sub-department of Zulu before his retirement in 1999. He was 21 years of age when his first book, a novel, UBheka, was published. His second novel:Ngiyoze ngimthole was published 8 years later. It is in the category of short stories and essays that he has contributed most. To date he has published 16 volumes of short stories and essays – including 10 books of drama and 8 anthologies of poetry he authored or co-authored or edited. He has translated into Zulu numerous manuals and books, the most outstanding ones of which are Nelson Mandela’s Long Walk to Freedom (Uhambo olude oluya enkululekweni) and Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet (UMpholofethi).


Ntuli has won about 20 awards for his various literary works. On four occasions, over the past 20 years he won the BW Vilakazi Award, the most prestigious award for Zulu literature, for his books:Imicibisholo and Izizenze which are short stories and essays, Izimpande, a history of Zulu literature and Imilando YakwaZulu, a drama. Six doctoral theses have been written on his works.

He is a founder member of Usiba Writers’ Guild which will be celebrating its 20th anniversary in August 2005, and is currently a freelance reviewer, editor and translator for publishing firms.


Select Bibliography


UBheka, Shuter and Shooter, 1962

Ngiyoze Ngimthole, Educum, 1970

Short Stories

Imicibisholo, Shuter and Shooter, 1970

Uthingo Lwenkosazana, Varia Books, 1971

Ingcamu, (Editor) Shuter and Shooter, 1987

Isicamelo, (Editor), Pietermaritzburg, Reach Out, 1990

Isibhakabhaka, Actua Press,1994


Indandatho Yesethembiso, Educum, 1971

Woza Nendlebe, Shuter and Shooter, 1988

Amaseko, (Co-athor),Centaur, 1990

Imilando YakwaZulu, (Editor) Unisa Press, 2000