59-year-old Abathembu King Buyelekhaya Zwelibanzi Dalindyebo has scored himself a record 6th wedding.
The king recently tied the knot with well known Eastern Cape businesswoman and filmmaker Nolubabalo “Babsi” Mcinga. She is aged 42.
On Saturday, they drove to Mcinga’s parents’ home in Graaff-reinet, and on Tuesday the lovebirds were chauffeured to Dalindyebo’s Bumbane Great Place in Mthatha to introduce the new queen to the Amadlomo royal family.
About 30 Amadlomo — including the king’s brothers, Patrick Dalindyebo and Mankunku Dalindyebo, his uncles, Thanduxolo Mtirara and Thandisizwe Mtirara, his cousins Bhovulengwe Mtirara and Siyabulela Corporal Mtiratra, and his royal spokesperson Babalo Papu attended.
None of the king’s wives has plunged a spear into the Dalindyebo’s family kraal to mark her seniority.
Neither has lobola been paid for any of them by the Abathembu nation.
None of his wives, including Queen Nokwanda Dalindyebo, with whom he lives at Nkululekweni, was present at the Gonubie ceremony.
There was joy and celebration on Tuesday, though, as the king spoke proudly of his new wife, describing her as the new light of his life.
He was given a new marriage name — Khazeka.
Mcinga will stay in Bumbane Great Place.
Apart from being a businesswoman, Mcinga is a princess of Amangxongo, one of the senior Abathembu royal clans, sharing similar ancestors with Amadlomo. Her mother is of the Tshawe royal clan.
After the meeting, the dreadlocked monarch showed his romantic side as he strolled hand-in-hand with his new wife to their vehicle.
The king asked Thanduxolo and Bhovulengwe Mtirara to speak to the Dispatch on his behalf. The Mtiraras said the king was excited about the marriage.