Zuma’s lies are catching up with him – Dalindyebo

2014-09-02 17:23

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President Jacob Zuma is a liar and a hypocrite who is always intent on running away from the law and accountability, says AbaThembu king Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo.

The controversial king was responding to President Zuma’s request for a postponement in a Mthatha High Court interdict hearing the king had brought against the president.

The case is to be heard on Friday, but Zuma’s lawyers, through the office of the state attorney in Mthatha, have contacted Dalindyebo’s legal representatives, asking for the matter to be postponed.

But an irate Dalindyebo would have none of it and said the “lies” Zuma was telling were beginning to catch up with him.

In an impromptu press conference in East London today after meeting with his lawyers, Dalindyebo instructed his legal team not to postpone the proceedings – a move which flew in the face of Zuma’s request.

This comes after president Zuma wrote to Dalindyebo in July, asking him to make representations why he should not be removed as king after several AbaThembu leaders – claiming to represent the royal family – wrote to Zuma.

But instead of giving representations, a defiant Dalindyebo responded by asking Zuma to withdraw his letter and apologise to him and his nation.

When Zuma failed to do so, the king then approached the Mthatha High Court seeking an interdict against Zuma dethroning him.

The Mthatha High Court then asked all respondents, which included the president as first respondent, to file their answering affidavits before August 29, but they missed the deadline.

A visibly angry Dalindyebo tore into Zuma and the ANC whom he blames for his legal woes.

“We cannot simply postpone because Zuma is running away from the court as usual. This postponement is meant to, yet again, save the president from legal embarrassment … this matter must be dealt with fairly in an open and public court of law witnessed by AbaThembu and the whole nation,” he said.

“His [Zuma] postponement reveals how much of a liar the president continues to be. The reasons he is putting are just a pack of lies, which means he is abusing the judicial system. We want the president to be held accountable.

“He is a hypocrite of the nation. He is not only looking down on me as king but at any state organ he needs to give respect,” said the angry king.

Dalindyebo said he was not surprised by Zuma’s lack of compliance with the deadline as set by the courts.

“If you look at his habit, Zuma does not respond to anyone in general. There are many people who are still waiting for responses from the president which he has not provided,” said Dalindyebo in reference to public protector Thuli Madonsela’s recommendations on Nkandla.

The king also accused Zuma of waging a “political vendetta” against him because he had left the ANC and joined the official opposition, the DA.

He said the ruling party would like to destroy anyone who interferes with their “abnormal majority”.

“Supporting the ANC is like supporting hell or the devil himself. Look at what they did to Pallo Jordan; they destroyed him because he was speaking against Zuma and on the Nkandla matter,” he said.

Zuma’s spokesperson Mac Maharaj could not be immediately reached for comment.

Maharaj had earlier said government had asked for postponement because “it was not possible to complete certain internal processes” before the answering affidavits could be filed.

“In the meantime, the president undertook not to act on the request for the withdrawal of the certificate of recognition of the king,” said Maharaj.

ANC spokesperson Zizi Kodwa declined to comment.

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