South African king arrested for running wild with ax at palace and chasing after son



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South African king arrested for running wild with ax at palace and chasing after son



A South African king, a nephew of the late Nelson Mandela, has been arrested after allegedly running wild on an ax palace.

Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo was released from prison in December and broke into Thembu royal palace in the early hours of the morning and waved his ax. According to witnesses, he was looking for his son who assumed the position of monarch while Dalindyebo was in prison.



The son fled through a window, but his wife was injured and transported to hospital, the BBC reports.

Convicted of kidnapping and assault

King Dalindyebo was sentenced to 12 years in prison for abduction and assault, but served only four years after being prematurely released by the president last year.

The 56-year-old is from the Thembu clan, to which Mandela also belonged; South Africa's first black president. South Africa has seven officially recognized monarchs representing different ethnic groups and clans.

After Dalindyeba was released from prison, relations in the Thembu royal family became strained and he refused to see his son, the interim king – Azenathi Zanelizwe Dalindyebo.

Last month, the royal family decided that Azenathi should remain regent for at least another year.

“He was carrying an ax and a machete. He broke the living room window”

The King's spokesman, Prince Siganyeko Dalindyebo, said King Dalindyebo broke into the palace this morning around 03:00 local time.

“He was carrying an ax and a machete. He broke the living room window. He was looking for his son, and at one point he managed to jump out of the window and escape to safety. Dalindyebo rampaged around the palace, scattering the king's room and throwing away all confidential documents.” the spokesman said.

South African king arrested for running wild with ax at palace and chasing after son

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