- King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo may have spent Christmas at home instead of prison, but it seems the struggle isn't over just yet
- Dalindyebo has reportedly snubbed attempts by his son and acting king Azenathi to meet
- Bad blood emanating from Azenathi's ascension to the throne in his father's absence seems to be hanging over abaThembu leadership
AbaThembu King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo might have been released from prison, but the drama seems set to continue.
City Press has released a report detailing the strain between Dalindyebo and his son, acting king, Azenathi.
An attempt to meet with the newly-released king had fallen flat when Azenathi had led senior abaThembu figures to Dalindyebo's residence on the day of his release.
Briefly.co.za reported that Dalindyebo had been granted a special remission on his sentence by President Cyril Ramaphosa, securing his release just days before Christmas.
Incarnated for four years, Dalindyebo snubbed his son's visit on his return to the Eastern Cape. Senior traditional leader Nkosi Mtirata commented on the incident:
“I was part of the delegation that went to visit the king in Nkululekweni. We were informed that the king was still tired. We decided to leave him and allow him to rest. We are still waiting for his phone call."
The bad blood between father and son emanates from Azenathi's challenge of his father's orders that his wife should rule over the kingdom in Dalindyebo's absence.
Azenathi had challenged this decision in court, despite his father locking the gates to the palace moments before his arrest, with orders that no one should enter in his absence.
Convicted of assault, kidnapping, arson and defeating the ends of justice, Dalindyebo is still seeking a full presidential pardon.
Law in South Africa dictates that a leader may not continue to rule if they acquire a criminal record, something that propelled Dalindyebo to resist his premature release.
In the meantime, it remains to be seen whether or not the king and his son would be able to set differences aside and make the most out of his return.
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