Embattled Abathembu King Dalindyebo will not be present to bid one of his wives, Queen Nolitha Dalindyebo, final goodbye after Eastern Cape correctional services provincial commissioner, Nkosinathi Breakfast, confirmed the king will not attend the funeral.
The royal family spokesperson, Chief Thandisizwe Mtirara, confirmed the Dalindyebo will mourn the mother of children in the confines of a prison cell, irrespective of his enthusiasm to fully participate in the funeral.
Queen Nolitha Dalindyebo gave up the ghost on August 10 after a brief illness. Reliable sources in the family, however, opined that she will not be buried at Dalindyebo’s Bumbane Great Place, but rather the remains will be interred at her home in Qhumanco near Cofimvaba, since the royal family has been continuously rocked by chaos and contentions.
Chief Thandisizwe Mtirara, who spoke for AmaDlomo and the royal family, admitted that while the king and AmaDlomo would have preferred the queen to be buried at Bumbane, “certain situations” meant that she would be buried at her parent’s home.
More so, the sources added that the king’s presence will definitely stir up distractions and intrusion, since he would be handcuffed and would be accompanied by security men, should he make it to the funeral.
Abathembu King Dalindyebo is serving a 12-year jail term at Wellington Prison near Mthatha for various crimes committed in the 1990s.
In March, he missed out as 60 traditional leaders received new cars – including two Mercedes-Benz ML400s, two Chevrolet Trailblazers, 12 Ford Rangers, 35 Toyota Fortuners and nine Audi Q5s – from the Mpumalanga provincial government on behalf of their respective traditional councils. This came after his name was removed from Government’s payroll days earlier.