Zuma not dethroning AbaThembu king - SACP

Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma did not initiate moves to remove AbaThembu king Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo, the SA Communist Party (SACP) in the Eastern Cape said on Wednesday.

"The SACP has since learnt that the president 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 the AbaThembu Royal Council as guided by the legal framework governing traditional processes," said spokesperson Siyabonga Mdodi.

He said the SACP in the province noted the developments in the matter involving Dalindyebo, the council, and Zuma.

Zuma wrote a letter to Dalindyebo asking him to make representations about why his recognition certificate as king should not be withdrawn.

Mdodi said all leaders, with no exception, should be held accountable.

"Any leader, with no exception of the kings, should serve the people and protect them at any given time. That should be done with the understanding that there is no one who is above the law even those 'born as leaders'."

The royal family reportedly wanted to remove Dalindyebo following his criminal conviction.

In 2009, he was convicted and sentenced to 15 years in prison for culpable homicide, assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm, arson, and kidnapping. He has since been out on bail.

Mdodi said the SACP had also noted with concern the insults Dalindyebo had hurled to Zuma.

"These rude and backward insults should not be viewed as undermining the persona of [the] president 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 requires the people of South Africa, including those of the Thembu nation, to rise in defence of our Constitution."

Doug Bururu 2014-08-06 09:20:53 PM
i am watching!
Colbern Mashego 2014-08-06 09:28:41 PM
You calling him a king ? smoking dagga noo! brain surrounded by iri cloud
Tiekie Black 2014-08-06 09:32:54 PM
Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me
Louis Van Den Elst 2014-08-06 09:34:45 PM
SA is in a a Royal mess Why is he out on bail , like so many others who are corrupt charges laid against them and they walk the streets The leaders and courts must start acting and fulfil their responsibilities
Erna Westdyk 2014-08-06 09:38:06 PM
One often wonders who is actually the president and the ruling party. With Blade voicing his opnion on everything except the state of tertiary education, ie Medunsa; the SACP having an input on everything and COSATU stating categorically that ESKOM is not being privatised, you need to wonder who is actually governing here - seems like everyone has a say except the ANC!
Ndavhe Kudabe 2014-08-06 09:40:34 PM
boooma u intend 2 but we are still waiting while u are judging some oder ppl de finger cant point itself
Ndavhe Kudabe 2014-08-06 09:42:16 PM
were is nkandla report booma
Boitumelo Matshediso 2014-08-06 09:45:23 PM
Why is he get involve in Royal matter by asking the King as to why his license should not be withdrawn.Is he the one who appointed him to ask that question?. Abathembu Nation should rally behind their KING and not let an OUTSIDER decide for them who should be their king. This Mdodi charecter is a puppet and his remarks are not surprising because he is Communist AKA Capitalist and they are OUT to get the KING for being a DA member. All this never happened when he was an ANC member,WHY NOW?
Stephanes Heunis 2014-08-06 09:48:03 PM
Stephanes Heunis 2014-08-06 09:48:58 PM