Dalindyebo not a co-operative king - Abathembu

Johannesburg - AbaThembu King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo is not a co-operative leader, the royal family said on Thursday.

Numerous meetings had been called with the king since 2003 to address pertinent matters affecting the AbaThembu nation, but their efforts were met with little to no co-operation from the man, the family said in a statement.

"We have sent emissaries consisting of elders of the family in an attempt to convince the king to change his behaviour not befitting a king and avoid transgressing on our customs and bringing the nation into disrepute."

By 2012 the royal family had exhausted all internal efforts and took the decision to initiate the process of removing Dalindyebo.

Some of the reasons for removing him were because he was found guilty of arson in 1996 and sentenced to five years in prison.

According to the family, he was also sentenced to 15 years in prison without an option of a fine for various crimes including murder, arson, assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, kidnapping and defeating the ends of justice.

The king had allegedly assaulted his parents King Jonguhlanga Sabata Dalindyebo and Queen NoMoscow Dalindyebo.

Other reasons for his removal were that Dalindyebo allegedly hurled insults at former president Nelson Mandela, smoked dagga publicly and in the presence of family elders, and fathered children with other family members - including his brother's 15-year-old daughter, the family said.

Dalindyebo had also allegedly failed to attend the funerals of his mother, his wife Queen Nolwazi and his brother Bandile Dalindyebo.

"When we advised him to consider the wife of the nation, he arrogantly told the royal family 'you pick her, you poke her'".

The family said turning to President Jacob Zuma was the last resort.

According to the Traditional Leadership and Governance Framework Act 2003 Act, the royal family can remove a king on the following grounds:

- conviction of an offence with a sentence of imprisonment for more than 12 months without an option of a fine;

- physical incapacity or mental infirmity which, based on acceptable medical evidence, makes it impossible for the king or queen to function as such;

- wrongful appointment or recognition; or

- a transgression of a customary rule or principle that warrants removal.

Last Friday, Zuma asked Dalindyebo to make representations about why the recognition certificate as king should not be withdrawn, in line with the request from royal family.

"The Royal Family wrote to the President on 1 October 2012 and 4 February 2013 requesting him to implement their decision taken on 29 September 2012," presidency spokesperson Mac Maharaj said at the time.

"The president has requested written representation from the king, within 30 days of receipt of the letter, which has been delivered to the king."

Kirsty Prinsloo 2014-08-01 05:55:17 AM
How about just remove them completely. They a drain on the tax revenue.
adinparadise 2014-08-01 06:07:05 AM
I wonder if the king will be as prompt with his written representation to Zuma, as Zuma has been with his response to the Nkandla report?
Solomon Repeant 2014-08-01 06:08:05 AM
some people can make life very difficult he must join eff party of that said it doesnt care of the rules
Ras Jah Moolka Selassie 2014-08-01 06:08:19 AM
A king is not voted or selected like a president, plz stop acting foolish, a king is a king by born, now those dirty reasons must be used on some1 who is not from the royal, some1 who was voted into a position , who is not from a royal blood, now Thembu people are skeeming the stupid Zuma so to remove the king, thats a clear stupid move, in if shower understand what a king is, he would write such a letter but because he is stupid, he did, mybe he must be taken to initiation school to man up, he is a Zulu now how does he interfare in the Xhosa's kingdom? Stupid shower
garethec 2014-08-01 06:09:20 AM
This sounds like some spin doctoring going on. Not saying the king is innocent it is proven he is not. But this stunning reporting which is not anything new pops up on the Friday that JZ gave as the date for the king to reply by.
Khuliso Mutsha 2014-08-01 06:10:43 AM
It looks like the king will have to bow to the "Zulu boy from Nkandla" as he called the president, time to see who has the power.
Magogodela Mulalo 2014-08-01 06:13:23 AM
If 4 real its a family matter, I think da king must step down as a king he hve failed his pple ...
Dabane Zux Cakata 2014-08-01 06:14:19 AM
This guy should've been removed long time ago from his position, yu cnt abuse power n except tht to be ignored. Remove him so tht he can have enough time to smoke dagga.
Andries Kopo King Shai 2014-08-01 06:19:11 AM
Why suddenly now after his confrontation with Zuma
Khutjo Mbizo Aphane 2014-08-01 06:25:40 AM
We r still waiting for nkandla report first