King Dalindyebo beats Zuma’s bid to have him dethroned

2014-10-23 12:18

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President Jacob Zuma has been beaten in court after trying to withdraw a certificate of recognition from abaThembu king Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo.

Dalindyebo took Zuma to the Mthatha High Court to seek an urgent interdict barring the president from dethroning him.

The president wrote to Dalindyebo in July and gave him 30 days to explain why his certificate of recognition should not be withdrawn.

Zuma opposed this court application, but gave an undertaking not to continue with the dethroning process while Dalindyebo’s matter was being heard.

Mthatha’s courtroom A was filled to capacity today, though Dalindyebo himself was not present.

Acting judge Justin Laing granted the king’s interdict and ordered the president to pay costs.

There was deafening silence from the public gallery after Laing had read his judgment, but attorneys explained what had been decided and Dalindyebo’s supporters celebrated.

Mfundo Mtirara, senior traditional leader of the abaThembu and Dalindyebo’s spokesperson, said they were happy with the outcome.

“I have already informed the king. He has expressed his happiness and gratitude for the support of the Thembu nation. It is now time to build unity within our kingdom and to bring back our dignity,” Mtirara said.

Dalindyebo’s detractors are unlikely to halt their attempts to have the outspoken king ousted.

Zuma’s decision to withdraw the certificate came after he received complaints from concerned members of the abaThembu royal family who bemoaned the king’s “unroyal behaviour”.

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