MK vets prevent Malema from visiting king

2012-05-03 09:47

Friends of the Youth League, a project aimed at having expelled ANC Youth League president Julius Malema remain relevant, hit its first snag this morning when armed MK veterans prevented the group from visiting Thembu king Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo.

An entourage of vehicles was forced to turn back on the way to Bumbane Great Place, near Mthatha, a palace insider said.

The vets, led by commander Ronnie Matshaya, had rushed to the Great Place this morning after finding out about the visit through the media.

An angry Matshaya, who trained the king in Angola, said: “Why does he think Madiba (the king’s clan name) is an anarchist?”

“We will never allow for small dogs like Malema to taint the king’s image.”

Matshaya is a director at Caculama Security Services in Mthatha. The armed guards, carrying an assortment of firearms, including pistols and shotguns, were from his company.

He is also a close friend and security advisor to the king.

Phumla Matshaya, a spokesperson for Dalindyebo said the guards had come in the interest of the king. The meeting had been planned through members close to the king. “We cannot allow ourselves to be used for cheap politics. Malema knows the ANC has written a letter to him that he’s expelled, so why does he want to use the king to confuse the Thembu nation? “It was decided that the time is not right for this meeting to take place. We do not trust their agenda. In any case the king has always fought his own battles, and he’s got more than enough to deal with,” said Pumla Matshaya.

Commented Lonwabo Bam, chairperson of the Friends of the Youth League’s OR Tambo chapter: “We wanted to talk like we did with other traditional leaders, and we turned back because we did not want to be humiliated like that.

“They are our elders and we respect them. But we do not understand why they were armed because we were going there to talk and not fight.

“We just wanted to tell them what happened so they do not rely on what is in the media.”

» This story was updated to add comment from the king’s spokesperson and the Friends of the Youth League after it was first published.

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