Why king Dalindyebo gave 3 political parties land

2014-04-27 06:00

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AbaThembu king Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo has given a piece of land in Mthatha to opposition parties to develop it for the benefit of his subjects.

According to the king’s close confidante and one of the abaThembu chiefs, Jongisizwe Ndzambule, the piece of land between Nkululekweni and the Shell Ultra City would be made available for opposition parties to use for development.

“The king wants that land to be developed so that his subjects belonging to the different political parties out there can benefit, because as the land stands now it does not serve any purpose to the community. It is just idle,” Ndzambule said.

He could not say exactly how big the piece of land is. “It’s a couple of hectares and quite substantial.”

Ndzambule confirmed that the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), the DA and Congress of the People (Cope) had been given land.

Two weeks ago, when EFF commander in chief Julius Malema paid a courtesy visit to the king at his Bumbane Great Place in Mthatha to introduce his political party, the party was given land by the king.

Two days later, the king, who is a member of the DA, was visited by party leader Helen Zille to whose party he also gave a piece of land.

Earlier this week, another opposition party leader, Mosiuoa Lekota, visited the king and a piece of land was again given to his party.

Malema told thousands of party supporters during an election rally in Mdantsane that the king had given them the land to benefit the EFF and his king’s people.

“This is because the land should not be used to benefit only individuals but the whole community and society. He [Dalindyebo] gave us a task that if we use that land in a productive manner, then we would demonstrate to South Africa and the world that indeed we are committed to use the land for production and for the feeding of our people,” Malema said.

This week, EFF national spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said no decision had been taken on what the party would do with the land as they were focusing on election.

“But it will definitely be used for EFF purposes and in accordance with the king’s wishes to benefit the community,” he said.

Cope leader in the Eastern Cape Mbulelo Ntenjwa said the party appreciated that the king had given them the land, which he regarded as prime land.

“The king met with president Lekota early in the week and announced that he was giving the party a piece of land. The king will demarcate exactly which land belongs to what political party so that we can start with our plans for the land. We are looking at building offices there,” Ntenjwa said.

Earlier, Zille had said the DA was seeking legal advice on the land.

Read: Helen Zille ‘won’t build Nkandla’ on land Dalindyebo gave party

“We have written to our lawyers to find out what the legal position on this is because I have never heard of this before,” Zille said.

The DA leader estimated the land shown to her to be the size of four rugby fields.

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