King Dalindyebo's 23 year-old son likely successor when he goes to prison

OCTOBER 5, 2015

Update: Cogta still recognises King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo as reigning King.

AbaThembu Prince Avenathi Dalindyebo, 23, on Monday seemed more likely to succeed his father, King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo, if his Constitutional Court bid to have his 12 year jail sentence overturned fails.

Last week, the Supreme Court of Appeal upheld a previous conviction against King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo for a series of crimes ranging from assault and arson, to kidnapping and defeating the ends of justice.

He had been sentenced to 15 years in 2009. However, the Court overturned a culpable homicide conviction.

Dalindyebo, who was compared to a medieval despot, met with clan leaders to discuss his ConCourt bid on Sunday, and it was decided his 23-year-old son would take over the throne.

"My son definitely, my son is doing his 3rd year at the University of Free State. I believe he is ready unless he has further intentions in that case it might be one of my wives," Dalindyebo told eNCA.

Meanwhile, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), which welcomed the King's conviction, has dismissed the idea that a senior chief serve his sentence for him.

The Congress of Traditional Leaders of South Africa (Contralesa) had called for a senior chief to serve the 12 year prison sentence arguing that the 'African context' allows it.

Contralesa's General Secretary Xolile Ndevu said, “King Dalindyebo is the king of AbaThembu, therefore AbaThembu can appoint a person on his behalf, so that person can also go to jail on his behalf. Because earlier on when a king or the chief fell off from a horse, a subject was supposed to fall instead of the king falling.”

The NPA said the law clearly states that the person convicted of a crime, must personally serve the time.

The South African Communist Party (SACP) in the Eastern Cape on Friday also joined voices that welcomed the conviction of the King.