The convicted AbaThembu king, Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo, stands to lose his movable assets provided by the state following his imprisonment, while the royal family plans to nominate his successor soon.
Spokesperson for the royal family Daludumo Mtirara said yesterday the family would meet today to discuss the process of nominating a new king. “I am not sure about the value of the benefits he will lose but they will include cars and petrol cards,” said Mtirara.
“The king is in jail and there is a spear that he left behind. It must be given to someone else. “The ultimate goal is that the king must be out of the office administratively as well. We want an inclusive royal family,” Mtirara said.
Dalindyebo started his jail term on December 30 after his lawyers failed to get his bail extended. Dalindyebo was sentenced to 15 years in prison in 2009 for culpable homicide, assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm, arson and kidnapping.
In October, the Supreme Court of Appeal set aside his culpable homicide conviction and reduced his sentence to 12 years. His attempt to appeal to the Constitutional Court was unsuccessful after which the king petitioned Justice Minister Michael Masutha to have his trial reopened. The minister dismissed this.
Mtirara said today’s meeting would consider informing President Jacob Zuma to withdraw Dalindyebo’s certificate, to pave the way to the new appointment. This would enable them to later appoint the new king after the nomination process. According to Mtirara, some family members were not happy with Dalindyebo’s incarceration and possible removal from the throne.
Yet they were confident that a quorum would be reached to enable the family members to choose a successor.