DA Youth express concern about king Dalindyebo’s membership

2013-07-23 00:00

CAPE TOWN — The DA Youth yesterday expressed their dissatisfaction with the presence of the abaThembu king in the party.

DA Youth leader Mbali Ntuli said in response to a question that youth leaders had all expressed their concern about the king’s DA membership, at a federal management meeting on Friday.

He said while the youth trusted the DA leadership, they did not believe the king’s past actions correlated with the DA’s values.

“The reaction of the leaders was positive. They respected our views, that’s how it works in a democratic party. We respect the party leaders. It is a healthy difference in opinion and everything is in order,” Ntuli said.

DA federal chairperson James Selfe said yesterday in response to a question that the party’s top management had on Friday engaged in a lively debate on the matter during a meeting of the federal council.

At the end of the meeting, the top management had accepted the explanation by the leader in the Eastern Cape, Athol Trollip, on the membership of king Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo, Selfe said.

Dalindyebo is awaiting a pending appeal against a 15-year sentence that he received for, among other charges, assault.

Meanwhile, DA leader Helen Zille yesterday welcomed the criticism about Dalindyebo’s membership in her letter SA Today.

She and Trollip had discussed in depth Dalindyebo’s “announced invite to join the DA”.

Trollip had in meeting with the king explained to him that he would lose his membership if the appeal court upheld the sentence on him.

Trollip also pointed out the DA was against the unconstitutional clauses in the Traditional Court Bill and for equal rights for all, according to Zille’s letter.

Zille stated it was not easy for a party to strike the right balance between maintaining pure ideology and achieving growth to win elections.

She said part of politics was to convince opponents to support your aims — not to create stumbling blocks to joining the party.

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