Dalindyebo’s son to take over as successor if he's jailed

Dalindyebo's son, Prince Azenethi Dalindyebo, was chosen as the heir to the throne by the AmaDlomo clan.

The AbaThembu King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo. Pitcure: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - AbaThembu King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo's 23-year-old son will take over as ruler of the kingdom if the controversial royal is sent to jail.

Dalindyebo has launched a Constitutional Court appeal against a 12-year jail sentence for defeating the ends of justice and kidnapping.

Traditional leaders met in Mthatha in the Eastern Cape yesterday to deliberate about Dalindyebo's successor should he go to jail.

The king's son Prince Azenethi Dalindyebo has been chosen as the heir to the throne by the AmaDlomo clan.

The resolution has already been delivered to the rest of the Thembu clan during a meeting at Bumbane Great Place yesterday.

Meanwhile, the king's lawyers will approach the Eastern Cape High Court tomorrow for an urgent appeal to extend Dalindyebo's bail.

If Dalindyebo's Constitutional Court appeal fails, President Jacob Zuma will have to issue a certificate of recognition for his son to be crowned as the interim King.