ANC hits out at AbaThembu ex-king

2012-11-05 09:50
Jacob Zuma (Picture: AFP)

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Johannesburg - The ANC in the Eastern Cape reacted with shock to a recent statement by the recalled king of the AbaThembu Royal House, Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo, who said if he could, he would fire President Jacob Zuma.

In a video recording taken three weeks ago at a funeral, Dalindyebo attacked Zuma and government officials.

"You have this most senior councillor called the president. It's unfortunate that you voted for these leaders," Dalindyebo said.

"If I had powers to pick and choose who must become the country’s president, I would have recalled the current one [Zuma] long ago."

Speaking at the weekend, provincial ANC secretary Oscar Mabuyane said it was mischievous of Dalindyebo to disrespect ANC leaders on a public platform instead of engaging the ANC with his issues, the Daily Dispatch reported.

“We reject these insults as something that is not fitting to come from a king. It is with sadness that we have to respond to the ugly and nasty public remarks made by [Dalindyebo] against President Jacob Zuma, Premier Noxolo Kiviet and ANC councillors.

“We heard these comments and we feel that it is wrong for anyone to make such remarks.

“We hate the fact that people insult our movement and attack our members and leaders in this clumsy manner.”

Dalinyebo likened government leaders to cats who feed on milk while cows are starving due to drought.

Senior government officials present at the funeral walked out while he was speaking.

The AbaThembu Royal House has since decided to recall him as king, according to the report.

Read more on:    anc  |  jacob zuma  |  buyelekhaya dalindyebo  |  mangaung 2012  |  politics

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