AbaThembu king demands apology from Zuma

2014-08-04 00:00

MTHATHA — AbaThembu king Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo yesterday said government can keep the tip it gives the royal house, he does not need their support.

This was the message of the king to a mass meeting of the AbaThembu in Nkulelekweni, Mthatha. The meeting followed a letter in which President Jacob Zuma had given Dalindyebo 30 days to explain why he should keep his title as king. Thousands of AbaThembu travelled from across KZN and as far as the North West to attend the meeting and support Dalindyebo in his view that Zuma should not interfere in matters that do not concern him.

“I am not bothered about the tip the government gives. I will never accept a government vehicle. They must take their money and their vehicle. I do not need it any more. If there is something that I forget, they must come and remind me and take it,” the king said.

He added it was the ANC leadership and not the rank and file ANC members who wanted to kick him out. He asked his supporters not to describe the attempts to outs him as a king as a tribal issue, saying the Zulus’ tribe had nothing to do with the power play — “it is only one individual, Zuma, who wants me out.” The king’s legal representative, advocate Dali Mpofu, also attended the meeting and described attempts to oust Dalindyebo as an issue that affects all black South Africans.

Mpofu said the king demands a public apology from Zuma by August 11, or “further steps will be taken”. He said a trust has been started to fund a looming legal battle.

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