- The Eastern Cape Premier Oscar Mabuyane has ordered acting King Azenathi Dalindyebo to immediately vacate Bumbane Great Place.
- Azenathi has also been ordered to leave behind all state resources, including state vehicles and cellphones
- The removal of the acting King Azenathi is expected to be followed by the return of Dalindyebo to his rightful place by birthright
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The Eastern Cape government has ordered Acting AbaThembu King Azenathi Dalindyebo to vacate his office and also leave the Bumbane Great Place, just outside of Mthatha, with immediate effect.
Azenathi was appointed as acting king three years ago when his father, then-King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo, was serving his jail sentence in East London for kidnapping, assault and defeating the ends of justice.
Azenathi's removal is expected to pave the way for the return of Dalindyebo to his rightful place.
Over the past few months, the AbaThembu household has been in the spotlight for several reasons and there has been a lot of drama surrounding the royal family.
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Dalindyebo was released in December after President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a decision to grant a special remission of sentence to certain categories of prisoners in his Reconciliation Day speech in early December.
In March, Dalindyebo was arrested again after he allegedly went on a rampage, attacking family members with pangas, bush knives and axes. Azenathi was allegedly among those assaulted.
Two months later, Dalindyebo asked that all his children, including Azenathi, undergo DNA tests to prove that he was indeed his son. Dalindyebo is allegedly denying his son until he undergoes a DNA test and has also asked him to leave Bumbane Great Place, reported SABC.
Recently, Briefly.co.za reported that Babalo Papu, Dalindyebo's right-hand man, was allegedly stripped naked and beaten by several men, including Azenathi, Azenathi's bodyguards and Prince Siganeko.
News24 reports that Eastern Cape Premier Oscar Mabuyane ordered Azenathi to leave behind the state cellphones, government car and petrol cards as his term of office has come to an end.
"All government support resources, namely motor vehicle, fuel cards and cellphones are expected to be collected from Azenathi by Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) officials."
When Buyelakhaya went to prison, he stated that he wanted his wife to act on his behalf while he was in prison and had written a series of letters advising the then-University of Free State student Azenathi to focus on his studies instead.
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