Pretoria - Controversial AbaThembu King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo has again hit out at President Jacob Zuma, this time right in front of the Union Buildings where he said Zuma has a “shower mentality, and a habit of not condomising’’.
Addressing journalists at the Union Buildings after handing over a memorandum on Wednesday, Dalindyebo labelled Zuma a liar and person “who flushes people like condoms”.
“Just like he flushed cabinet ministers (Cabinet reshuffle on Tuesday), he wants to flush me out of kingship,” he said.
Asked if he would meet Zuma, he said he (Zuma) had tried to arrange a meeting with him through former ANC Women’s League president Winnie Madikizela-Mandela but he (Dalindyebo) declined.
“I have no reason to meet with liars,” he said.
Dalindyebo said he had learnt from former Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Richard Baloyi that Zuma wanted to flush him out of his kingship.
“The AbaThembu Royal Kingdom met to discuss the matter and we formulated a response which we wanted to convey to him. The message is; Go back to Nkandla (and leave us alone),” he said.
Dalindyebo, who was forced to hand over his memorandum to an official at the security gate at the Union Buildings, said he hoped Zuma would get it.
“Though we cannot confirm that the official is going to hand over the memorandum to Zuma, we are confident the president will receive it,” said Dalindyebo.
It was stated in the memorandum that the kingdom had previously written a lot of correspondence to Zuma’s office concerning constitutional and infrastructural issues that are tripling (sic), the running of the kingdom.
“Evidently none of those letters ever managed to draw your attention for immediate consideration over the past years,” it was stated in the memorandum.
It was further stated that the Presidency, “on the basis of perceived pre-meditated circumstances, chose to prioritise the so-called dethroning of the King by some disgruntled faceless so-called family members and ajan (sic) provakateurs (sic) who claimed to have powers invested in them to make final decision for the entire kingdom”.
According to the memorandum, the AbaThembu Royal Kingdom is also part of the Constitution that goes with the autonomy and independence granted to other kingdoms like KwaZulu-Natal kingdom.
The kingdom asked if Zuma would have dealt with “this so-called dethroning of the king in the same way if it was King Zwelithini Zulu”.
“We as the kingdom understand and subscribe to the principle of natural justice, called audi alteram partem (hear both sides of the story). The principle prescribes that the authenticity of those alleging should be ascertained and verified.
“It is disingenuous of the Presidency to entertain the aspects purported to be written by ‘concerned people’ without conducting its own investigation,” the memorandum stated.
“We are not in the process of accumulating wealth or stealing from the poor before we are all recalled by our parties. Our forefathers dedicated their lives towards eliminating a scourge of tribalism.”