Helen Zille ‘won’t build Nkandla’ on land Dalindyebo gave party

2014-04-17 09:22

The DA is seeking legal advice on a piece of land presented to the party by abaThembu king Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo in Mthatha.

“I didn’t know how to measure it but the land that I saw when I was shown it was about the size of four rugby pitches,” said DA leader Helen Zille.

A standard rugby pitch is up to 100 metres long and 70 metres wide.

The announcement was made in front a crowd of DA supporters during an election rally in the Eastern Cape this weekend. Zille said she was happy to receive the land “bequeathed” by Dalindyebo and she had since sought legal advice on the matter.

“We have written to our lawyers to find out what the legal position of this is because I’ve never heard of this before, so we are waiting,” she said.

Dalindyebo joined the DA last year and has been a vocal critic of President Jacob Zuma.

Zille emphasised that the land was not a gift to her but a gift to the party. “I’m not going to be building an Nkandla there,” she said, jokingly.

If her legal team found it was lawful for the DA to accept the land, she said they would try to find ways to work with the people of Mthatha to “make the land benefit the people”.

“It will be a service commitment,” she said.

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