King of Mandela’s ethnic clan held for palace axe rampage
The controversial and recently paroled king of Nelson Mandela’s ethnic clan has been arrested after an alleged violent rampage in which he wielded an axe, a machete and a crowbar, a family member said.
he controversial and recently paroled king of Nelson Mandela’s ethnic clan has been arrested after an alleged violent rampage in which he wielded an axe, a machete and a crowbar, a family member said.
Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo, 55, king of the AbaThembu, allegedly targeted his family in the spree at the palace in the Eastern Cape province where his son lives.
Some royal family members were injured including the queen whose teeth were broken when she was hit in the face.
Dalindyebo’s son, who has been the acting king since his father was jailed in 2015, fled by jumping through a window, said Siganeko Dalinyebo, the king’s brother.
he king was jailed five years ago after receiving a 12 year sentence for arson, kidnap and assault. He was released on parole in December 2019.
“The king was wrecking havoc on the acting king’s room. Taking documents throwing them around,” Siganeko told AFP.
However, royal advisor to Buyelekhaya, Matthew Mpahlwa defended the king saying “the details of what happened upon his arrival in the royal palace remain sketchy”.
“Allegations will remain allegations.”
raditional kings have no official power in modern South Africa, but still command loyalty among millions of people.
hey are recognised in the constitution as traditional leaders and receive government funding.