The AbaThembu royal family have been at the center of controversy after the incarceration of King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo in 2015. The AmaDlomo royal family were divided on who should be the Regent and that caused a serious divisions and factions within the royal family, with the first group supporting the King’s younger brother Prince Mankunku Dalindyebo, second group supporting the son of the King Prince Azenathi Dalindyebo and the last group supporting Queen Nokwanda Dalindyebo who is King Buyelekhaya’s wife.
The division went as far as the family taking each other to Courts, Prince Azenathi took his stepmother to Court over a battle of opening the gates of Bumbane Great place and was subsequently given the interim order to open the gates of Bumbane by Umtata High court, the court issue further went as Azenathi’s uncle Mankunku trying to obtain an interdict against Prince Azenathi from being coronated by AbaThembu and the group of family members supporting, however that failed after Mankunku decided to withdraw the application and Prince Azenathi was coronated on the 25th November 2016.
The coronation came after a wedding of Prince Azenathi which was also held at Bumbane Great place, Azenathi married the love of his life Ongezwa Zwedala.
The coronation of Prince Azenathi Zanelizwe Dalindyebo was not blessed by the government and the certificate of recognition was not given to him, however after many consultations, the Eastern Cape premier Phumulo Massualle issued a certificate of recognition to Prince Zanelizwe Azenathi Dalindyebo and now he is official a regent of his father, however to the AbaThembu he was already recognized as the Regent King for his incarcerated father.
Prince Azenathi is currently on Visits to the AbaThembu Traditional councils he has already started in Qhumanco Great place in Engcobo, on the 03rd March he will visit Baziya traditional council at Mputhi.