- Members of the AbaThembu royal family have turned their back on King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo
- This comes after his arrest on Friday following a rampage through the palace
- The incident occurred just a few short months after his release from prison
Senior members of the AbaThembu royal family have shunned their King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo.
IOL reports that chairperson Vusi Mvelase revealed they would no longer fight for their leader:
“We condemn what he (king) did at all costs, and this time around we are not going to fight for his release (if he is sent back to prison) because he had violated his parole conditions."
Briefly.co.za reported that Dalindyebo had been arrested after allegedly going on a rampage through the palace, reportedly wielding an axe and attacking his son, Prince Azenathi.
Azenathi had taken over the reins during his fathers time behind bars, something that had ignited immense friction between the two men.
Dalindyebo, upon his earlier arrest, had closed the gates to the Great Place instructing his subjects that they may not enter the palace until his return.
Members of his family and community leadership had fought for his release from prison where Dalindyebo was serving a 12-year sentence for assault and arson.
But this latest incident has seen the same individuals who fought for him turning their backs.
Mvelase explained that both he and Azenathi had campaigned for the king's release, with the prince leading negotiations with President Cyril Ramaphosa.
Correctional Service spokesperson Singabakho Nxumalo said that the king had been released on a warning and will appear in court in June:
“As the parolee was placed out into the system of community corrections with certain conditions that must be complied with. A full report will thus be brought to the attention of the Correctional Supervision and Parole Board to consider the conduct of the parolee and adjudicate on the way forward.This shall also be largely determined by the court processes already underway."
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