Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo (born in 1964) is the king of the abaThembu kingdom. After his arrest and eventually, imprisoned, his son became the acting king.
He remained in prison until late 2019 after he served for four (4) years.
- Full name: Buyelekhaya Zwelibanzi Dalindyebo ka Sabata
- Year of birth: 1964
- Father: Sabata Jonguhlanga Dalindyebo
- Profession: King of the abaThembu in South Africa
- Wife: Queen Nokwanda Dalindyebo
- Son: Azenathi Dalindyebo
King Buyelekhaya of abaThembu kingdom childhood days and early life is not known.
The name of his father and predecessor is Sabata Jonguhlanga Dalindyebo.
He is the present king of the bakwaDalindyebo lineage. The lineage directly descended from the amaHala dynasty.
He was charged with various crimes in 2015. Some of his charges include murder, attempted murder, three (3) counts of arson, three (3) counts of assault, seven (7) counts of kidnapping and fraud.
The king was said to have committed those crimes against his subjects in the 1990s. The case was tabled in the Mthatha High Court.
After the trial, he was then convicted based on the Correctional Services Act.
Buyelekhaya was sentenced to serve twelve (12) years in prison in 2015. This resulted in the termination of his membership with the Democratic Alliance.
The court sentenced him to fifteen (15) years imprison originally. Following an appeal to the Supreme Court of Appeal, it was reduced to twelve (12) years.
Buyelekhaya started serving his sentence on the 30th of December, 2015.
Days before he was locked up, he tried to contact Jacob Zuma for a presidential pardon. It was eventually turned down.
Cyril Ramaphosa pardoned various offenders including Buyelekhaya during his day of Reconciliation speech.
On the 23rd of December, King Buyelekhaya was released from the East London Correctional Centre. He only served three years out of his twelve years sentence.
The abaThembu Kingdom
He can not be addressed as the people’s choice on the positive side.
A group of chiefs tabled for King Buyelekhaya to be dethroned to Jacob Zuma in 2014. They reported him as unfit and evil to be the ruler of their people.
With this note, the king could be rather harsh or does not have the best interest of his people at heart.
The king has been dethroned customarily as the king of the abaThembu kingdom. He allegedly awaits administrative dethronement.
His family has been forced to leave the royal house and his name erased from the payroll.
He is married to Queen Nokwanda Dalindyebo. Together, the royal couple begot a son, Azenathi Dalindyebo.
His son, Azenathi served as the temporary head of the abaThembu kingdom during his father’s days in prison.