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AbaThembu: The Detailed Genealogy Of AbaThembu Kings.

The Thembu Kingdom is one of the oldest Kingdom in the Eastern Cape Province, in South Africa. The nation has a long history and a very long lineage of succession of Kings.

Below is the Genealogy of the Kings of AbaThembu, from the Dlomo clan lineage. Starting from the current ruling King, to the first known King of the Thembu people.

1. King Buyelekhaya Zwelibanzi Dalindyebo

King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo is the current ruling King of the Thembu Nation. His Kingship had a lot of trouble as he was even jailed and tensions arouse between him and his son.

His praise name is Zwelibanzi. He was born in 05 April 1964, he is 57 years this year. He succeeded his father after his death and was coronated to the Thembu throne.

2. Sabatha Jonguhlanga Dalindyebo

He was the father of Buyelekhaya and was succeeded by him. He was born in 28 November 1928 in Mthatha, Eastern Cape.

His father died while he was still an infant, he never saw his father. After the death of his father, his uncle, Jongintaba Dalindyebo had to take over as a regent.

Jongintaba have played a big role in bringing up the former president of South Africa, Nelson Mandela. He took Nelson Mandela after his father died in the 1920s, Mandela was a minor then, and he took him as his own son.

Sabatha died in Zambia in 07 April 1986.

3. Sampu Jongilizwe Dalindyebo

He is the father of Sabatha Dalindyebo and a grandfather of Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo. He is also an older brother of Jongintaba Dalindyebo who took Nelson Mandela in as his guardian.

Sampu was born in 1902 in Mthatha, at Mqhekezweni Royal Palace. He was the great house son of King Dalindyebo.

He died on the 06 June 1929, while Sabatha, his son was still an infant.

4. Dalindyebo Alava

His first name was Alava and a praise name was Dalindyebo. His descendants then used his praise name as their surname.

He was born in 1865 in Mthatha from the Great-House of Ngangelizwe. He died in 1920.

5. King Ngangelizwe

Ngangelizwe was the famous King of the abaThembu in his time. He had a hard time with the Gcaleka King Sarhili and was attacked several times by the amaGcaleka army.

He was born in 1846 from the Great-House. He died in 1884 in Mthatha. He was a women abuser, as he was constantly beating up his wife.

6. King Mthikrakra

King Mthikrakra was the older brother of Mandela(Nelson Mandela's grandfather). Mthikrakra was born from the Great-House and Mandela was born from the Right-hand house.

He was born in 1819 and at the age of 11 years, his father Ngubengcuka died. His uncle Fadana has to hold as a regent for him.

He died in 1839, he had a short rule in his Kingdom.

7. Ngubengcuka

Ngubengcuka lived during the hard time in the history of South Africa. He had to face the colonial powers during his reign.

He was born in 1790, he was the same age with Maqoma son of Ngqika. The Thembu Kingdom grew rapidly under his rule. He incorporated many tribes under his Kingdom.

He died on the year 1830 at the age of 40. It is said he was a peaceful King and was loved dearly by his subjects.

8. Ndaba

He was the father of Ngubengcuka. His year of birth is estimated around 1741 and he died in 1800.

9. Zondwa

Zondwa was the grandfather of Ngubengcuka and Fadana. He was born around 1724 and he died in 1756 after he was attacked and killed by the Ngqosini armies.

10. Thato

Was the father of Zondwa and was born around 1699. He died around the 1740s.

11. Madiba

He is the ancestor of Nelson Mandela, Madiba is also the famous clan praise of Mandela, which is his ancestor who is the father of Thato.

His estimated year of birth is around 1667 and his death might be around 1710s.

12. Hala

He is the founder of amaHala clans, consisting of the Ndungwanas, the Tshatshus and the Qithis.

He was born around 1630 to 1645.

13. Dlomo

He is the founder of the current ruling line of the Thembu Kingdom, amaDlomo clan.

He lived in the late 1500s to the early 1600s. Dlomo was the younger brother of Hlanga, who was destined to be the King of abaThembu following their father Nxeko.

But Dlomo overthrew his older brother and he became the King of the Thembu. Buyelekhaya Zwelibanzi Dalindyebo is his descendant.

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