) is an important conference held by the izinDuna
(principal men) of the Zulu
peoples of South Africa
.(Such meetings are also practiced by the Swazi
, who refer to them using the close cognate indzaba
.) Indabas may include only the izinDuna of a particular community, or they may be held with representatives of other communities.
The term comes from a Zulu language word meaning “business” or “matter”.