THE royal family of the Kingdom of AbaThembu says it is prepared to face anyone or go to the highest court to ensure that AbaThembu King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo is dethroned.
The group is led by the AmaDlomo royal family, with chiefs Daludumo and Thanduxolo Mtirara at the helm of the campaign to have the king removed.
The Mtiraras, who are uncles of Dalindyebo, called a news conference at the Nelson Mandela Museum in Qunu yesterday. The briefing was not to cause turmoil but protect the credibility of the AbaThembu kingship and kingdom and set the record straight, they said.
President Jacob Zuma last week gave Dalindyebo 30 days to convince him why he should not vacate his throne. The development follows submissions to Zuma from concerned members of the AbaThembu royal family that the king be removed.
“We would rather die or go to jail for the Dlomo custom,” Daludomo Mtirara, the spokesman of the group, said.
Neither of the Mtirara brothers were prepared to publicly announce their preferred successor.
Daludumo denied having groomed the king’s younger brother, Prince Mankunku Mthandeni Dalindyebo, for the role. This despite saying to Mankuku at the meeting he could learn from Dalindyebo’s mistakes. Mankunku was not allowed to comment.
Thanduxolo said: “According to AmaDlomo custom, a king is created not born. Only the custom will dictate who will be the successor.”