Court to hear king's bid to stop removal

Johannesburg - The Mthatha High Court will next month hear Abathembu King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo's application to interdict President Jacob Zuma from removing him as a king.

"Acting Judge Justin Laing at the Mthatha High Court issued directives granting Abathembu King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo a hearing date of 5 September, to bring an application interdicting Zuma, following through on his letter threatening to remove him as king of Abathembu," Dalindyebo's spokesperson Nkosi Bovulengwe Mtirara said in a statement on Thursday.

He said the judge directed that papers be served on the five respondents: President Jacob Zuma, Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Pravin Gordhan, the Eastern Cape premier, the province's co-operative governance and traditional affairs MEC, and Thanduxolo Mtirara, the leader of the people urging Zuma to remove the king.

Dalindyebo wanted the court to grant him an interdict preventing Zuma from removing him.

This was until another court had determined whether the president could remove a king from power, and whether the section of the Traditional Leadership and Governance Framework Act on which he relied to do so was constitutional.

The king wanted the court to interdict Thanduxolo Mtirara from continuing to speak on behalf of the royal house.

"In support of the application, the king cites the fact that Zuma did not even ascertain whether the complainants constitute the royal family, as required by the act," Bovulengwe Mtirara said.

"The other point that the king seeks to be considered by the court is the unequal treatment of kingship, citing the disparity of other kingship with the Zulu kingship."

In July, President Jacob Zuma wrote to Dalindyebo asking him to make representations about why his recognition certificate as king should not be withdrawn.

Zuma's spokesperson Mac Maharaj said this was in line with the request from the Abathembu royal family. They wrote to Zuma on 1 October 2012 and 4 February 2013 asking him to implement their decision, taken on 29 September 2012, to remove Dalindyebo as king.

Mr T. 2014/08/21 08:52:33 PM
Two things involved here. The King must act like a king. Kings are born not elected fine, but king also get wife's chosen by his people and once people spoken, king must obey the peoples choice. Strike the balance. Also kings do not smoke ganja in a public. Ganja is elegal. We need to see all this. If not that mean the Abathembu has no king.
Lwandile 2014/08/21 09:07:03 PM
King my King, king my king, king is fighting back and has my full support. The community did not complain but certain members of the ANC within the royal house hold. Kings must be treated equally.
Akhenaten 2014/08/21 09:15:56 PM
An Afrikaner hears a Xhosa King not to be removed by a Zulu President. Nothing wrong with this rainbow nation.
Evile Ndongeni 2014/08/21 09:26:59 PM
I think our president is overstepping boundaries on this issues.
Simphiwe Mkhwanazi 2014/08/21 09:32:39 PM
I find it very much offensive that certain traditional leaders especially frm de Eastern Cape always tries to pull de status of the Zulu monarch to nothing nd want to elevate themselves as Zulu kings. I for one wld appreciate them if they cn fight their battles without mentioning the Zulu kingdom. They were nt there during the great battles of de formation of de Zulu nation nd kingdom, they were nt there whn Zulus as a nation fought the English in eSandlwana eNquthu under king Cetshwayo, they were nt there whn Zulus fought against Boers in de battle of eNcome(Blood river) under king Dingane. they were nt there whn our kings were detained in St Helena nd London in defence of the land of KwaZulu nd its people. they were nt there whn de Zulu monarch negotiated during Codesa for its recognition nd status nd to reclaim the former Natal bck to de Zulu kingdom. it is through Codesa negotiated settlement nd our backround combined with our population plus our land nd our language nd culture that influences de kind of status that our king enjoys. so pls Mr Buyelekhaya do nt use our king to fight ur battles u r not a Zulu king, bt u r a Xhosa nd Eastern Cape Thembu king nd ur kingship stops there
roiboss 2014/08/22 07:18:30 AM
He is not talk too much now is he. Lol the King got too big for his boots it was all funny when he was shooting from the hip. Now its time to pay
Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg 2014/08/22 12:55:39 PM
King, you should have known that the moment you crossed over to the DA, Zuma would come after you.