The AbaThembu royal family elders were expected to meet on Monday to discuss who would succeed King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo.
“The family will sit and discuss several matters and one of the decisions which will be made is who should preside over the kingdom. We will formalise the matter and hold a press briefing at the royal residence afterwards,” Chief Daludumo Mtirara said on Thursday.
This would be followed by a meeting with the Dlomo royal family on Tuesday, and the AbaThembu Nation on Friday.
The AbaThembu were without a king since Wednesday, after Dalindyebo began serving his 12-year jail term at Wellington prison in Mthatha for alleged assault, kidnapping, and arson.
“The family is coping but it is feeling the pain and the gap of his absence,” said Mtirara.
He added he had heard the king was “calm and had showed courage” when he left the royal residence for prison on Wednesday night.