DA will speak to AbaThembu King: Report

2013-07-14 12:04
Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo (File, AP)

Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo (File, AP)

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Johannesburg - The Democratic Alliance will speak to the AbaThembu King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo about him joining the party, the Sunday Times reported.

"I am not signing the king up to be a DA public representative, because he wouldn't qualify," the party's Eastern Cape leader Athol Trollip told the newspaper in an interview.

"I'm simply going to go and see him about signing up his own personal membership."

Trollip said Dalindyebo had contacted DA leader Helen Zille and himself on a number of occasions since 2010 saying he would like to join the party but it never went further than that.

"So when he made a widely publicised statement that he'd become disillusioned with the ANC and wanted to invite Helen and me to come and talk to him about joining the DA, and about what role he could play in helping the DA establish itself in his area of jurisdiction, obviously we had to respond to that."

When asked if the party was concerned about its image Trollip said yes.

"... There's been a bit of confusion about me going to sign him up as a DA member.

"That might happen and it might also not happen, because there are some things that need to be discussed," said Trollip.

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