Buyelekhaya Zwelinbanzi Dalindyebo a Sabata (born 1964; r. since May 1989), 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 December 2015, when Dalindyebo was due to start serving his prison sentence, he made last minute efforts to avoid incarceration by petitioning President Jacob Zuma for a presidential pardon. The petition was dismissed at the end of December and he was incarcerated on the 30 December 2015. It appears that a second bid for a presidential pardon was launched in early 2016.
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 The Presidency has now apparently withdrawn his kingship, while no decision has as yet been taken on a replacement.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.
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