New AbaThembu King: “I was told not to talk to media”

By Drum Digital
20 January 2016

Newly appointed AbaThembu King Azenathi “Zanelizwe” Dalindyebo has been barred from speaking to the media by the Thembu Royal House.

By Siyabonga Kamnqa

DRUM had asked to interview the young monarch who is serving as acting king this week.

At first the 23-year-old king said he would consult with his advisors, but in a text message he later told DRUM: “My family has advised me not to have interviews until this matter has been resolved.”

He is referring to the ongoing ugly spat between two factions of the AbaThembu nation, who are divided on who should take over as the new king after Azenathi’s father, King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo, was given a 12-year sentence for arson, murder, attempted murder and defeating the ends of justice.

One group, led by King Buyelekhaya’s siblings, is opposed to Azenathi descending to the throne while the other one fully supports the decision to make him acting king.

Azenathi was appointed earlier this month following the withdrawal of his father’s certificate as king.

Despite earlier endorsing Azenathi to take over from him during his incarceration, King Buyelekhaya later made an about-turn and insisted that his wife Queen Nokwanda should be regent.

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