King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo rebellious: SACP in the Eastern Cape

AUGUST 6, 2014

The South African Communist Party (SACP) in the Eastern Cape has joined the AbaThembu kingship dispute – calling the AbaThembu King, Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo, rebellious, and urging South Africans to respect the person of the President, after the King’s recent remarks towards President Jacob Zuma who was approached by some members of the AbaThembu Royal Council to dethrone the King.

King Dalindyebo is accused of bringing his family and the kingship into disrepute after his criminal conviction for murder, insulting the late Nelson Mandela and his public dagga smoking.

President Zuma gave the monarch 30 days to convince him why he should not vacate his throne.

In response, the King is reported to have told a crowd in Nkululekweni, Mthatha that if President Zuma does not withdraw his letter by August 11, the AbaThembu people will take down the Mthatha-based King Sabata Dalindyebo municipality – which is named after his father, Sabata Dalindyebo.

“The life of that municipality is in Zuma’s hands. If he does not withdraw that letter, he will see our true colours,” he was quoted by the City Press, adding that he would not accept orders from a “boy”, in reference to Zuma.

“If there was a boxing ring I would be Muhammad Ali and knock Zuma down. I am not scared of him.

“In the ANC I am not hated by the ordinary people but by these dogs who call themselves leaders. I am not going to be apologetic about this issue. When you attack me I can take it, but when you attack the Thembu, I will deal with you.

“We sang Umshini Wam in exile, not the likes of Zuma who are singing it now. Our president has embarrassed the Zulus. We must not insult Zulus; they have not done anything. The problem is Zuma,” Dalindyebo reportedly said, calling on AbaThembu chiefs to unite behind their nation.

In the statement, the SACP Eastern Cape said the attack on President Zuma was misdirected.

“The SACP has since learnt that the President of the Republic, Jacob Zuma did not initiate the dethroning of the Thembu King as many would like us to believe, but he was merely responding to a clarion call made by some within Abathembu Royal Council as guided by the legal framework governing traditional processes,” it said.

“We have also noted with concern the insults hurled by King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo towards the person of President Jacob Zuma. These rude and backward insults should not be viewed as undermining the persona of Jacob Zuma but that of the people of South Africa, as he is the product of a democratic electoral process. If President Zuma is insulted for executing his constitutional mandate, that require people of South Africa including those of the Thembu nation to rise in defense of our constitution.”

The SACP in the Eastern Cape further said, “These insults should be viewed as an attempt to mobilize people to disrespect the legitimate government. They should be viewed as an attempt to erode confidence not only of the Thembu nation but of the people in the government they have rightfully elected.

“We believe that these rebellious actions by King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo should not be viewed in isolation from the fact that he once attempted to build a country within South Africa. This should be viewed within the context of a leader who wants to mobilize people towards that state as he cannot subject himself to the laws of South Africa.”

In closing, the SACP called on South African to ensure leaders, with no exception of traditional leaders, are accountable and of greater service to the people.

“We must ensure that their actions and their conduct are befitting to the roles and responsibilities bestowed upon themselves,” it said.