AbaThembu’s internal disputes could delay appointment of new acting king

A decision on King Dalindyebo's replacement will have to get final approval from President Zuma.

Former AbaThembu King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The process to find an acting king for the AbaThembu nation could be delayed due to internal disputes between two factions in the royal family.

A group which has long called for Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo's removal has rejected the nomination of his son Azenathi as the acting king.

King Dalindyebo, who's serving a 12-year jail term, appointed the prince to act on his behalf while he is in prison but it's understood he has since rescinded that decision.

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A decision on King Dalindyebo's replacement will have to get final approval from President Jacob Zuma.

However, that process faces delays because two groups have nominated different successors.

One group says Azenathi is the heir to the throne, while another wants King Dalidyebo's wife, Nokwanda, to lead.

Family spokesperson, Mfundo Mtirara, says Azenathi was appointed by a majority.

"They are meeting chief of staff for a resolution."

The other group has called on Zuma to appoint an independent facilitator to mediate between the two factions.