‘I was not part of plot,’ says inkosi

2010-08-04 00:00

SOUTH coast Inkosi Melizwe Dlamini has distanced himself from an alleged plot to assassinate KZN Premier Zweli Mkhize and called for an all-inclusive investigation into the allegations.

Dlamini, who was one of the KZN amakhosi who unsuccessfully applied for his chieftainship to be upgraded to kingship, was implicated by the five alleged plotters during their bail application in the Pinetown Regional Court last week.

Addressing the media at his La Lucia home in Durban yesterday, Dlamini quoted from an open letter addressed to Mkhize in which he reacted with “shock and dismay” at the imputation.

“It is out of the gravest concern that I find it necessary to write to you as a matter of urgency to dispel all and any suggestions of my involvement in the alleged plot against you referred to in the proceedings in the regional court in Pinetown last week,” the inkosi said.

“It was with shock and dismay that I read the news reports. There is no vestige of truth in any statement or inference to be drawn from those reports of my involvement in the alleged conspiracy between the accused Sizwe Mkhize, Mlungisi Xaba and three others. Indeed, I have no knowledge nor reported information concerning such a conspiracy other than what I have read in press reports.”

Dlamini said he has never acted in any circumstances “affecting me and the Nhlangwini people otherwise than within the framework of the law and in accordance with the strictest moral codes and proprieties …”

He said he always acted within the law in his pursuit of his national duties to restore the heritage and dignity of the Dlamini nation.

He had made his objection to the kingship application known in an official letter to the premier in October 2009 to which he never received a reply.

Dlamini said he found the suggestions that he is plotting against another public office bearer “extremely impious to the public office I hold as an inkosi” and added that he will co-operate with “any course of justice” to get to the bottom of the allegations.

He called for an investigation into the alleged plot.

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