Zondi royals split over Manqele

2016-12-28 06:01
PHOTO: FILE This file picture shows inyanga Mduduzi Manqele in court on a previous occasion. He was released on a charge in connection with the murder of a teenager whose head was found in a freezer.

PHOTO: FILE This file picture shows inyanga Mduduzi Manqele in court on a previous occasion. He was released on a charge in connection with the murder of a teenager whose head was found in a freezer.

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THE allegations surrounding the late controversial inyanga and Induna Mduduzi Manqele is threatening to split the Zondi royal family into two.

The family remains divided over the issue, as two groupings have taken different stances on the issue. Family members critical of Manqele have openly defied Inkosi Nsikayezwe Manqele of Mpumuza, who is understood to have had close ties with Manqele.

He was shot by police along with eight other men who police were told were on their way to bomb an ATM last Saturday night.

Police found three batches of already primed commercial explosives, four 9 mm pistols, three AK47 rifles and an R5 rifle with the nine alleged robbers.

Speaking on behalf of the aggrieved family members, Dolo Zondi did not mince his words, going as far as saying Manqele had tarnished the image of the Zondi chieftaincy.

However, the chief’s spokesperson Zenzinkosi Zondi said Dolo’s comments were “irresponsible”.

“It is not the type of statement one would expect when Manqele’s family is still traumatised. It is also irresponsible of him to talk about an issue that is sub judice.

“Whether Manqele was part of the group that was going to bomb ATMs or not, is a subject of a police investigation. So we will not talk about it,” he said.

Zenzinkosi denied that Manqele had been imposed as Induna on the people of Mafakatini.

“For a very long time, the people of Mafakatini were under Induna Thandabantu Ntombela. They complained that they had to walk about 10 km to reach Ntombela’s house and suggested they get their own induna. There were quite a number of people who lobbied for Manqele to be made induna,” he said.

As for a charge that Manqele called for the beheading of 18-year-old Loyiso Jokweni from France, Zenzinkosi said the courts had cleared Manqele on the charge.

But Dolo stuck to his guns, saying Zenzinkosi does not speak for the family.

“By virtue of birth, I am the rightful spokesperson of the family. I am the descendant of Inkosi Bhekizizwe (grandfather of the current inkosi).”

The defiant Dolo said the family would be meeting in Hlathini today to discuss the issue of Manqele.

“As the family, we cannot afford to have an induna who goes with criminals who bomb ATMs.

“It is a known fact in Mafakatini that the community was against the imposition of Manqele as an induna. It is foreign that inkosi would impose induna and not consult the family,” he said.

It is a known fact in Mafakatini that the community was against the imposition of Manqele as an induna. It is foreign that inkosi would impose induna and not consult the family

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