Abathembu King backtracks on threat to form independent state

2010-01-07 08:38

Abathembu King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo has temporarily suspended his threat to “withdraw from the South African government” and form an independent state, his lawyer Votani Majola said in Cape Town on Wednesday.
Dalindyebo, who was sentenced in October to a 15-year jail term for a string of violent crimes, had made the withdrawal threat and outlined plans for an independent state in December.
The state would be called Thembuland and would include the whole of KwaZulu-Natal, the Eastern, Western, and Northern Cape, and parts of the Free State and Gauteng.
The Justice for King Dalindyebo Campaign said the plans would go ahead unless all charges against the King were dropped, a public apology was issued by President Jacob Zuma for the humiliation of Dalindyebo and a staggering R80?billion in compensation be paid to the Abathembu.
But in an about turn yesterday, Majola told a press conference the suspension of the threat to withdraw had came after a “positive response” had been received from Zuma’s office on Tuesday evening. Zuma’s office has denied knowledge of any correspondence.
Majola, who said the Abathembu had about 10 million members and were the largest tribe in South Africa, refused to provide details of the correspondence, describing the matter as “extremely sensitive”.
Majola said the correspondence was “a response we welcome. It is a reasonable response.”
He said Dalindyebo’s trial was a “political persecution intended to eventually overthrow His Majesty (King Dalindyebo) so that a puppet leader who does not deserve the crown of a King gets appointed”.
But Zuma’s spokesperson Vincent Mangwenya denied corresponding with the Abathembu. “I am not aware of the response from the president’s side,” he said.
However, he said the president had received a letter on December 28 from the Abathembu stating that a withdrawal notice would be delivered to Parliament on January 6.
Mangwenya said Zuma had referred the matter to the office of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs for advice.
When asked about an independent state, he said it was “not clear how the King would practically constitute the move to form an independent state”.

– West Cape News

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