AbaThembu royal house spokesman dies

Ngangelizwe Royal House spokesman Chief Daludumo Mtirara was found dead at his Pretoria home today. The royal family said it suspected no foul play in Mtirara’s death.

Mtirara, the younger brother of Ngangelizwe Royal House chairman Chief Bhovulengwe Mtirara was also a SA National Defence Force general.

His royal advisor Advocate Matthew Mphahlwa said he last spoke to Mtirara following the jailed abaThembu King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo’s younger brother Prince Mthandeni Mankunku’s urgent court application withdrawal on Thursday.

“We had scheduled to meet after the withdrawal of the application and he had indicated to meet me in person as a matter of urgency to advise him on key issues in an attempt to stabilize the kingdom of abaThembu.”

“It is with profound sadness that the Ngangelizwe Royal family particularly the house of Mtirara has learnt with shock of the passing of Chief Daludumo Mtirara.”

He was one of the leaders of the faction that supported Prince Mankunku to take over as the acting king of AbaThembu. Mankunku launched an urgent court application on November 14 to interdict the coronation of his nephew Azenathi Dalindyebo. However he withdrew in the last minute after raising concern about the fairness of the court case where Azenathi’s mother Mthatha High court Judge Buyiswa Majiki was present.  The matter was at the Grahamstown High Court.

His brother Chief Bhovulengwe Mtirara said at details leading to his death were still very sketchy and the family was not suspecting any foul play. Mtirara said the Ngangelizwe Royal family calls for calm and unity in the factional Kingdom following the shocking death of Mtirara. “The media is urged to give the Abathembu nation space to grieve and map the way forward.”