A South African king, who is a nephew of the late Nelson Mandela, has been arrested after allegedly likely on the rampage with an axe in the palace.
Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo, freed from jail on parole in December, broke into the Thembu royal palace in the early hours.
Witnesses mentioned he was hunting for his son, the regent, who was appointed the acting monarch even though he was in prison.
The regent escaped through a window, but his spouse has been injured and taken to clinic, a royal spokesman explained.
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King Dalindyebo was sentenced to 12 yrs in jail for kidnapping, assault and arson, but only served four several years right after the president granted some prisoners early parole very last calendar year.
He was the 1st monarch to be convicted of a crime in South Africa considering the fact that minority rule finished in 1994.
The 56-calendar year-outdated arrives from the Thembu clan, to which Mr Mandela, South Africa’s first black president, belonged.
South Africa has seven officially recognised monarchs symbolizing distinct ethnic teams and clans.
‘People had been functioning for their lives’
Considering the fact that King Dalindyebo’s launch from jail, there have been tensions in the Thembu royal household and he has refused to see his son, acting King Azenathi Zanelizwe Dalindyebo.
Final month, the royal family made a decision that Azenathi really should keep on on as regent for at least another calendar year, South Africa’s City Push paper claimed.
Royal spokesman Prince Siganyeko Dalindyebo explained the king had broken into the palace – Bumbane Good Area, just outside the city of Mthatha in Jap Cape Province – at all over 03:00 nearby time (01:00 GMT) on Friday early morning.
“He was carrying weapons this sort of as [an] axe, a machete and also a crowbar. He managed to crack a window from the sitting down area of the primary property,” he explained to community broadcaster SABC.
“As he was transferring up the stairs searching for the performing king, some people today managed to distract him and then the performing king managed to jump out of a window, running for safety.”
Other men and women were being also running for their life, the prince claimed.
“He has wreaked havoc in the palace… he began ransacking the king’s home, all private files – he threw them about.”
Video footage exhibits the troubled monarch later standing exterior his palace, calmly using tobacco a cigarette, and daring the law enforcement to arrest him, which they at some point did, experiences the BBC’s Africa correspondent Andrew Harding.
King Dalindyebo is a maverick royal in a state in which conventional rulers and chiefs nonetheless maintain great sway, notably in rural locations, our reporter suggests.
In 2015 he was lastly jailed soon after currently being convicted for assaulting his subjects in the 1990s.
He had kidnapped a lady and her six small children, established their residence on fire and overwhelmed up four youths, one particular of whom died, mainly because a single of their family experienced failed to current himself before the king’s standard court.