Dalindyebo paternity battle: Old method was effective, says Azenathi backer

South Africa

Johannesburg – Acting AbaThembu king Azenathi Dalindyebo and King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo were “positively” linked as father and son using an old method, where elders noticed similarities in the way they looked, laughed and talked.

That is according to a statement made this week by a faction of the AbaThembu royal Family aligned to the acting king. This comes after Buyelekhaya brought the kingdom into the spotlight last week when news broke that King Azenathi is not Buyelekhaya’s son.

Inkosi Thandisiwe Mtirara said this old African way of proving paternity was effective. He also slammed Buyelekhaya for “continuously embarrassing our nation.”

“He is wasting his money because he knows it himself that Zanelizwe [Azenathi’s royal name] is his so. What we, as amaDlomo, are saying is that he should subject all of his six children to a paternity test to save us further embarrassment. We are saying this so that he doesn’t come back again and expect us to entertain this matter,” said Mtirara.

Buyelekhaya’s spokesperson Inkosi Mthunzi Ngonyama said: “The king is sparing none of his children in the DNA test. He wanted to start with the eldest, who is Azenathi. The king raised this in January. It’s not the AmaDlomo’s idea. Azenathi shows resistance. If he was confident, he would just agree with the test. The parent has a right to do a paternity test. It’s not a national matter.”

Buyelekhaya has been clashing with Azenathi since he was released from prison in December 2019 after having served four years of his 12-year sentence.

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