King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo arrested for allegedly attacking son

The paroled king allegedly went on the rampage in the early hours of Friday morning at the Bumbane Great Place allegedly attacking his son acting King Azenathi with an axe.

AbaThembu King Buyelekhaya Zwelibanzi Dalindyebo. Picture: xhosaculture.com

JOHANNESBURG - Police in the Eastern Cape have confirmed that AbaThembu King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo has been arrested on Friday.

The paroled king allegedly went on the rampage in the early hours of Friday morning at the Bumbane Great Place allegedly attacking his son acting King Azenathi with an axe.

Police were called to the royal household after a fight broke out between the king and his son.

The details about what caused the fight are not yet known.

Police spokesperson Tembinkosi Kinana says acting King Azenathi Dalindyebo approached officers.

"Cases of malicious damage to property and assault by threats were opened against a 55-year-old man from Bombani kingdom. Once the suspect is charged, he is expected to appear in court."

King Dalindyebo was recently released after qualifying for remission on his sentence announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa last year.

The king is out on parole after serving four years of his 12-year jail sentence. He was jailed for kidnapping, assault with intent to do bodily harm, and defeating the ends of justice.

Police arrested the royal and took him to a police station in Mthatha.