King Buyelekhaya Zwelibanzi turns 57 today
King Buyelekhaya Zwelibanzi has tuned 37 today as many celebrities and social media users are using this opportunity to share what a great king he is.
The King has served the country for a long time even after he went to prison, he was forever remembered with his good deeds.
Well, let’s take a look at some of the things he has done during his kingship and what he has faced when he was ruling the country.
- Buyelekhaya Zwelinbanzi Dalindyebo ka Sabata, praise name Zwelibanzi, is a king of the abaThembu in South Africa.
- He is the son of the previous king, Sabata Jonguhlanga Dalindyebo, a descendant of the amaHala dynasty, and ruler of the current bakwaDalindyebo lineage.
- In May 2005, he was indicted for fraud, murder, attempted murder, kidnapping and arson at the Mthatha High Court, and was subsequently convicted.
- In 2013, when Helen Zille was the Democratic Alliance (DA) party leader, the DA recruited Dalindyebo to join the party, despite his conviction, and at the time he shared the stage with Zille, Mmusi Maimane and Athol Trollip. The perception exists that he was recruited on the basis that he could bring votes to the DA in the Eastern Cape.
- In July 2014, a group of Thembu chiefs wrote to President Jacob Zuma requesting that Dalindyebo be removed, claiming he was an “evil king” and “not fit to rule”.
- In October 2015 Dalindyebo was sentenced to 12 years in prison, and his membership of the DA was terminated.
- In December 2015, when Dalindyebo was due to start serving his prison sentence, he made last-minute efforts to avoid incarceration by petitioning Zuma for a presidential pardon.
- Dalindyebo has since been customarily dethroned, and is expected to be administratively dethroned in the near future.
- The presidency has now apparently withdrawn his kingship, while no decision has as yet been taken on a replacement.
- The Dalindyebo family has been evicted from the royal household and Dalindyebo has now been removed from the payroll as King.
- On the 23 December 2019, following president Cyril Ramaphosa’s Day of Reconciliation speech, the King was released from prison as he had served a third of his sentence.
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