AbaThembu to discuss king's successor

DECEMBER 31, 2015

AbaThembu royal family elders were expected to meet on Monday to discuss who would succeed King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo. 

"The family will sit and discuss several matters and one of the decisions which will be made is who should preside over the kingdom. We will formalise the matter and hold a press briefing at the royal residence afterwards," Chief Daludumo Mtirara said on Thursday. 

This would be followed by a meeting with the Dlomo royal family on Tuesday, and the AbaThembu nation on Friday. 

The AbaThembu were without a king since Wednesday, after Dalindyebo began serving his 12-year jail term at Wellington prison in Mthatha for assault, kidnapping, and arson.

Mtirara said he had heard the king was "calm and had showed courage" when he left the royal residence for prison on Wednesday night.