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AbaThembu Royal family woos continues, “Prince abducted by gunmen!”

AbaThembu Royal King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo’s younger brother king-elect (Prince) Mankunku Dalindyebo kidnapped by gunmen in the city of Mtata in the Eastern Cape province on Friday.

“He was abducted in Mtata at 1630 (1430 GMT) and that is all the information we have. The police are looking for him and those who took him,” police spokesman Mzukisi Fatyela says.

A family member from the royal clan has confirmed the abduction reports, but didn’t want to elaborate.

Problems started in December 2009 when King Buyelekhaya was convicted of offences including culpable homicide, kidnapping, arson and assault.

Dalindyebo was imprisoned in December 2015, has since been customarily dethroned, and is expected to be administratively dethroned in the near future

He has rejected the appointment of his son Azenathi Zanelizwe Dalindyebo to act as king or his son to take over as he serves the prison sentence.

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