DA to king: Behave better

2013-07-16 00:00

OUTSPOKEN AbaThembu King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo formally broke ties with the ruling ANC and joined the Democratic Alliance yesterday.

This after DA Eastern Cape leader Athol Trollip paid a visit to his Bumbane Great Place, outside Mthatha.

During the visit, Dalindyebo was given a membership card and a

T-shirt.

In a statement, Trollip said the meeting was held to discuss the party’s principles and constitution after the monarch had shown interest in joining.

“King Dalindyebo said he believed that the DA’s brand of clean governance and delivery was needed in the Eastern Cape,” he said.

“I was upfront with King Dalin­dyebo with regards to some of the controversies that have surrounded him. I made it clear that the DA expects its members to conduct themselves in line with the party’s values and principles,” Trollip added.

Dalindyebo’s aide, Jonas Ndzambule, said the monarch joined the DA because he was disappointed with the lack of service delivery by the ANC in the Eastern Cape.

He said Dalindyebo wanted the ANC to face tough opposition and promote multi-party democracy.

“In KZN the ANC is delivering services because it has opposition in the IFP. In the Western Cape, the DA is also delivering services because its opposition is the ANC,” Ndzambule said on behalf of Dalindyebo.

According to Ndzambule, Dalin­dyebo said he wished more blacks living in rural areas would join the DA so that the ANC does not rest on its laurels when it came to service delivery.

Dalindyebo said he was not embarrassed that he had left the ANC — an organisation with historic links to his family.

His father, King Sabata Dalindyebo, fled the Transkei homeland to join the ANC in Zambia in the 80s.

“We as the kingdom and a nation have been in the frying pan of the Zuma regime. It is said that the worst scenario is jumping from the frying pan into the fire, but knowing the frying pan, one would rather take a chance with the fire,” Dalindyebo said.

He said he had not joined the DA to gain anything.

“We are not leaving the ANC for greener pastures but because of damages caused by their leadership and lack of development that we see in our communities.

“Things that happened during apartheid are still happening today,” Dalindyebo said, adding that he would actively campaign for the DA in the 2014 general elections.

Trollip had previously told the SABC that the DA would not pre-judge Dalindyebo, who is appealing a 15-year sentence handed to him by Mthatha high court.

Trollip said Dalindyebo would not be considered for public office.

Dalindyebo was convicted of culpable homicide, kidnapping, arson and assault with intention to do grievous bodily harm.

Cellphone messages were left for Eastern Cape ANC spokesperson Mlibo Qoboshiyane and provincial secretary Oscar Mabuyane, but they had not responded at the time of going to print.

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