DA and Vhangona form pact to get Vhavenda kingship back

2019-05-02 20:51
Mmusi Maimane
DA leader Mmusi Maimane. (Supplied)

The dispute over the Vhavenda kingship in Limpopo has become political as election campaigns reach an apex in the province.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) and the Vhangona clan made their political pact known to the public on Thursday. In terms of the pact, the DA will assist the clan in their continuous challenge for the highly contested Vhavenda kingship.

This comes hard on the heels of a Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) ruling which found that former president Jacob Zuma's recognition of the incumbent king, Toni Mphephu-Ramabulana, was unlawful.

On several occasions, the Vhangona clan's applications to be recognised as rightful custodians of the Vhavenda kingship were dismissed by courts of law, including the Constitutional Court.

Political decision

However, at a media briefing in Polokwane on Thursday, Vhangona Cultural Movement president Thirabeli Rakhada said the courts' decisions were political, hence the current pact with the DA.

"Our courts are playing politics and not dispensing justice. I can prove that if anybody wants evidence," Rakhada said.

Asked if the DA shared the same sentiments, the party's provincial leader, Jacque Smalle, said: "The Democratic Alliance respects the judiciary system. But we do know that in the Jacob Zuma era, the NPA (National Prosecuting Authority), other high courts and other judges at other levels were captured.

"It is clear that different laws count for different purposes. When a political leader or a president takes the ownership of the law onto his own hands and chooses the kingship, and does not respect the researches and methodologies that give guidance to that, I think we must revisit that.

"The Democratic Alliance says we have to go back. Two wrongs don't make a right."

He said the party had written to Limpopo premier, Stan Mathabatha, to restore the kingship to the Vhangona within the next seven days or "the DA will unleash its resources to force him to do so".

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Vhangona leader Tshidziwelele Nephawe also explained that other parties, such as the Congress of the People (Cope) and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), approached the clan to assist but never kept their promise.

"We even started with ANC because some of us were once the members of that party. However, we did not receive any assistance," Nephawe said.

He said the clan chose to work with the DA because the party was not tainted with corruption.

Masindi Mphephu, who is the niece of incumbent king Toni Mphephu-Ramabulana, has instituted a legal challenge for the throne to be bestowed on her.

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