King 'smokes' Zuma
Dagga-smoking AbaThembu King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo was at it again yesterday, calling President Jacob Zuma "a liar who did not use condoms".
A few days before his latest tirade, Dalindyebo referred to Zuma as "a nonsensical Zulu boy" at a meeting of AbaThembu at the Bumbane Great Palace, in Eastern Cape.
This time Dalindyebo took his insults to Zuma's doorstep, at the Union Buildings, in Pretoria.
He went to the Union Buildings in response to Zuma's "order" to then Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Richard Baloyi to depose him as AbaThembu king.
He rubbished claims that he has been ousted as a king, saying they were mere rumours "peddled by Zuma's puppets".
Last week Chief Daludumo Mtirara, Dalindyebo's brother, said the royal family was waiting for the government to confirm that Dalindyebo had been removed as head of the family.
"Once the government has done its work, the royal family will sit and identify a suitable candidate to take over as king, as is our custom," Mtirara said. "We are guided by custom."
Dalindyebo vowed to join the DA after launching a blistering attack on Zuma and the ANC 10 days ago. He said then that he would stop smoking dagga when Zuma stopped being corrupt.
Yesterday, his visit to the Union Buildings ended in anticlimax when security guards refused him entry. Enraged, the king launched his new attack on Zuma.
"Because he flushes people like condoms ... he thinks he can flush kings like he flushes his own ministers. Unfortunately, I would say the president has a habit of not condomising. "We do not like people with that kind of attitude. His behaviour is indeed [indicative of] a shower mentality," Dalindyebo said, evoking gasps even from his own entourage.
The AbaThembu king left a letter for Zuma in which he told the president to stop interfering in his family affairs. "He is just a councillor. I cannot be ordered to come to his office. He must come to my office. I am king unto him and he is just a Zulu boy," he said.
Dalindyebo invited Zuma to present himself at Bumbane Great Place on July 25 to respond to the letter written to him by Mtirara in which Mtirara said Dalindyebo should be dethroned because of his failure to behave as a king should.
Dalindyebo was convicted several years ago of offences including kidnapping, culpable homicide, arson and assault. He was sentenced to 15 years in prison. He is free pending an appeal.
Dalindyebo claimed that The Presidency had chosen to support his dethroning by disgruntled and faceless members of the royal family.
He said that the people of the AbaThembu kingdom perceived The Presidency as a co-conspirator in a coup plot.
"Does the president distance himself from this perceived conduct and will [he] therefore refute this perception? Has The Presidency stooped so low that it could be reduced to [being] a co-conspirator by disgruntled, illegitimate faceless individuals?
"Would the president have dealt with this so-called dethroning of the king in the same way if it were King [Goodwill] Zwelithini Zulu?"
Dalindyebo visited Nelson Mandela in hospital in Pretoria this week. He said the former statesman "was looking good" and had briefly opened his eyes and tried to smile. ''When I arrived and introduced myself as his nephew and the king of AbaThembu, he [Mandela] made positive responses. He showed gestures of smiling and wanting to talk. He recognised me," Dalindyebo said.
Last night, Zuma, who also visited Mandela, said he was encouraged that the former president, who is still in a critical but stable condition, "is responding to treatment".