King Dalindyebo receives Mandela’s body despite threat to snub funeral

2013-12-14 17:41

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AbaThembu king Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo joined mourners at the Mthatha airport despite earlier rumours that he might not attend his uncle, Nelson Mandela’s, funeral.

Dalindyebo had reportedly said he would not attend the funeral in Qunu tomorrow if President Jacob Zuma was there.

He left his Bumbane Great Place to receive the body today in his capacity as the Dlomo royal family head and abaThembu king on behalf of his people. Dalindyebo’s presence at the airport is seen as a sign of Madiba’s importance among his people.

The king was seen conferring with politician and Mandela family friend, Bantu Holomisa, and traditional leaders such as Ngangomhlaba Matanzima before he went inside the airport’s reception where Graça Machel and Winnie Madikizela-Mandela sat next to each other waiting for Madiba’s body to arrive.

Later, Dalindyebo was seen hugging and comforting both women simultaneously inside the reception area.

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