Never shy of controversy, one of SA’S most recognisable traditional leaders, Abathembu King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo, has become a royal sensation, quickly amassing more than 11,000 followers on the global short video platform.
Dalindyebo, who is well known for his antics, political ship-hopping, stance on cannabis and family feuds, has an account run by his royal council, featuring videos of the monarch dancing, singing and delivering speeches.
The account @abathembukingdom has 26,000 likes and 11,200 followers.
One of the videos shows the king admitting to being drunk at a religious conference and had nearly 2,000 likes.
In it he says: “Nindimeme seku late kwacaba nditye igrangqa ngamandla. Nindibhaqa ndinxilile [You invited me too late after I’d enjoyed some strong shots. You found me drunk already].”
The king is now among a handful of royals, mostly teenagers, with a personal presence on the platform.
Princesses Carolina, 18, and Chiara, 17, of Bourbon Two Sicilies each have their own account, while Prince Achileas of Greece and Denmark, 21, his sister Princess Olympia, 26, and Countess Eloise of Orange-nassau, 19, are some of the biggest royal names on Tiktok.
Chief Mthunzi Ngonyama, a council member and the king’s spokesperson, said the Tiktok account was created to enlighten the people.
According to Ngonyama, this would allow people to become aware of the events and decisions made by the king.
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