- The AbaThembu royal family has opted to dethrone Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo as their king
- His son, Azenathi, will now rule the kingdom in his father's place
- This comes after Buyelekhaya was rearrested following a rampage at the palace
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The AbaThembu royal family has held an imbizo at Bumbane Great Place to resolve its leadership issues.
Royal family spokesperson Chief Dumisani Mgudlwa has commented on the outcome of the meeting:
“We, as AmaDlomo, have decided to elect Azenathi to be the king. We will communicate this decision with government on Monday."
The intent of the imbizo was to talk over the feud between Dalindyebo and Azenathi, who had been acting king while his father had been in prison.
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Dalindyebo had been serving four years for arson, kidnapping and a slew of other charges before his parole in December.
The spokesperson said that numerous attempts had been made to encourage peace between the father and son, reports TimesLIVE:
“Today’s imbizo has resolved to remove Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo as king of AbaThembu and replace him with his son Azenathi. They (AmaDlomo) are not happy with his behaviour and believe his jail time didn’t rehabilitate him. Many people want to leave the kingdom if Dalindyebo is reinstated as king. We couldn’t allow such to happen."
While peace had been the intention of the meeting, Mgudlwa admitted that the decision undertaken will likely cause more drama:
“There is no peace in AbaThembu nation. Even during Azenathi’s acting tenure there has been division. Dalindyebo's father died in exile because there was no peace. This is not new."
Briefly.co.za reported that Dalindyebo had been rearrested after going on a violent rampage through the Great Place, angered that his son had moved in to fill his position while he was serving time in prison.
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