- AbaThembu king Dalindyebo's right hand man was brutally beaten and pictures were posted online
- Babalo Papu alleges that he was attacked by acting king Azenathi, his bodyguards and Prince Siganeko
- Papu said he is doing well and will be taking legal action against all those involved
The AbaThembu royal household has once again taken the spotlight after graphic images of the right-hand man of AbaThembu king Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo surfaced on social media on Tuesday night.
The images show the king's right staff member, Babalo Papu, half naked and severely beaten. The pictures were posted to Facebook and circulated via WhatsApp hours after Papu was allegedly beaten.
Papu confirmed an attack on him happened and was carried out by acting king Azenathi, his bodyguards and Dalindyebo's brother, Prince Siganeko. Papu added that there was another assailant unknown to him.
Papu thanked everyone who checked up on him and said it shows that he "is not alone". Papu added that he "is in good shape", but cannot discuss the matter further as advised by his legal team.
Azenathi's spokesperson, Nkosi Dumisani Mgudlwa, denied the allegations that the king was involved and said he did not want to comment further on the matter. Both Papu and Siganeko said they would be laying criminal complaints.
Over the past few months, the AbaThembu household has appeared on the news several times for various reasons. In May 2005, Dalindyebo was indicted for fraud, murder, attempted murder, kidnapping and arson at the Mthatha High Court. In December 2015 he was sentenced to 12 years in prison.
Dalindyebo's son, Azenathi, was elected as acting king while his father served his sentence. On Reconciliation Day in December last year, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that he was granting a special remission of sentence to certain categories of prisoners. Dalindyebo benefited from this and was subsequently released.
In March 2020, Dalindyebo was in the news again after he went berserk and attacked his son. The AbaThembu king claimed he felt disrespected by his son for performing a traditional ceremony for his late father, Sabata.
Recently, news has emerged that Dalindyebo has denied paternity of his son. The king said he had been suspicious of his son for a while and that a DNA proved his suspicions were correct.
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