South Africa embraces culture in various ways, and up until now, the art of kingship is still evident. So how much do you know your South African leaders apart from those established politically? One of the persons you ought to have known is King Dalindyebo.
The king's establishment as the ruler left the AbaThembu people in great appreciation. King Dalindyebo has various stirring facts on his net worth, wife, children, age, and much more. However, in the past year, the king has faced a case involving his son. He had to deal with it to clear his name. Well, here are some of the must-know facts related to the famous icon.
Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo biography
Who is Dalindyebo? Does he have any children or a wife? Just how much is he worth? Well, these questions are probably part of the many things you are asking.
King Dalindyebo profile
- Full name: Buyelekhaya Zwelibanzi Dalindyebo ka Sabata
- Praise name: Zwelibanzi, King Dalindyebo
- Year of birth: 1964
- Place of birth: Cape Town, South Africa
- Current age: 56 years
- Sex: Male
- Nationality: South African
- Origin: Cape Town, South Africa
- Father: Sabata Jonguhlanga Dalindyebo
- Marital status: Married
- King buyelekhaya dalindyebo wife: Queen Nokwanda Dalindyebo
- Son: Azenathi Dalindyebo
- Former profession: King of the abaThembu in South Africa
Dalinyebo grew up in the fertile Cape Town area in South Africa. Born in 1964, Buyelekhaya currently is 56 years. The icon comes from the abaThembu, who originates from the Nguni lineage, such as the ama Xhosa, ama Zulu, ama Swazi. They trace their root origins to the Great Lakes.
The people value their culture greatly, and despite South Africa getting colonized, they still preserve their kingdoms. The AbaThembu migrated from the Great Lakes to the current KwaZulu-Natal. The king's father, namely Sabata Jonguhlanga Dalindyebo, left the ruling to his son as his heir. Dalindyebo's father originates from the AmaHala dynasty. The name Dalindyebo according to Xhosa origins, means "Make a plan," which seems to suit the AbaThembu leader.
The famous icon has quite controversial details concerning his marriages. However, his current wife, Queen Nokwanda Dalindyebo, stands beside him and offers all the support he needs. His marriage with his wife Nokwanda seems to be a stronghold for the family as a whole. King Sabata Dalindyebo left his ruling to his son temporarily when he went to serve his jail term for some time.
His criminal history
The South African leader repeatedly stormed the news feeds after facing different charges and going through court case hearings. In May 2005, the icon faced charges for murder, attempted murder, fraud, arson and kidnapping at the Mthatha High Court. He later was convicted for those crimes.
However, king Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo went back and focused on building his leadership endeavors. In 2013, he got recruited by the DA; by then, Hellen Zille was the acting party leader. The recruitment took place despite him facing the various convictions. He got the opportunity to work with Helen, Mmusi Maimane, and Athol Trollip. However, the king seemed to have a couple of enemies in the municipality after some Thembu chiefs requested President Jacob Zuma to remove him. The leaders claimed that the king did not fit to rule the people and referred him as an "evil king."
In October 2015, Buyelekhaya got a 12-year sentence to prison. For this reason, the DA terminated his membership. News of King Dalindyebo jail sentence hit the people together with the governing association quite hard. In attempts to avoid incarceration, he made a petition to President Jacob Zuma for a presidential pardon. Nonetheless, the appeal got dismissed at the end of December, and he got incarcerated on the 30th of December 2015. He launched another petition in 2016.
Additionally, the president withdrew his kingship and payroll as king, leading to his family to leave the royal palace. On 23rd of December 2019, after President Cyril Ramaphosa's Day of reconciliation speech, the Kings' release hit the news. He served a third of his 12 years imprisonment sentence before the pardon.
The dethronement seemed to take a toll on the king, which led to his arrest on charges of domestic violence on the 13th of March 2020. The arrest came after Dalindyebo went to the royal home, The Great Place, at 2 am, with an axe in the morning. He went for the current king Azenathi, his own son, and his wife and attacked both of them. Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo son managed an escape through the window of the royal palace.
Dalindyebo's net worth
Well, his net worth currently is not known following the dethronement and losing his kingship payroll. However, he seems to live quite a comfortable life with his family.
The support of King Dalindyebo by his people may stand on weak grounds following his many assaults and court cases. The country hopes that in the coming days, the kings' lineage will prove its trustworthiness to the community. The Abathembu king undoubtedly has done a lot of questionable actions, but hopefully, he will regain his trust from the municipality.