King Dalindyebo stripped of his title
King Dalindyebo is serving a 12-year jail term after he was found guilty in 2009 of a string of crimes.
CAPE TOWN - The Eastern Cape Traditional Affairs Department has confirmed abaThembu King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo has been stripped of his title.
Dalindyebo last week began serving a 12-year jail term after he was found guilty in 2009 of a string of crimes including arson, assault and kidnapping.
The King has spent five nights in an Eastern Cape jail.
The department's Mamnkeli Ngam said, "Immediately after the king was incarcerated, he failed to be the king of abaThembu and, as a result, the Presidency issued a retraction of a certificate of his kingship."
Meanwhile, the abuThembu Royal Council appealed for calm in the abuThembu nation amid succession contests in the Eastern Cape.
The first of a series of gatherings is expected to take place at the Bumbane Royal Residence near Mvezo today.
The priority on the agenda is to find a viable replacement for Dalindyebo.
The lawyer representing embattled monarch King Dalindyebo yesterday rejected reports a successor has already been chosen after the king's imprisonment last week.
Lawyer Zehir Omar said discussions of who will take over the kingship are ongoing.