AbaThembu king Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo has officially joined the DA.
Dalindyebo received his membership from DA leader in the Eastern Cape Athol Trollip at Bumbane Great Place near Mthatha. He was also handed over the constitution of the party.
“Today I have joined the DA. It’s no longer a rumour or a doubt. I am encouraging the people of abaThembu to also join this party in order to protect our democracy,” Dalindyebo said.
He said his move to join the party was to encourage robust debate in politics and to end the monopoly of the ANC.
“We want to fulfil Madiba’s wish of a rainbow nation, where people, black and white, are able to work together for the good of our country,” he said.
The king said President Jacob Zuma was a tribalist and only recognised his Zulu nation king, while treating other kings as boys.
Dalindyebo said that the ANC had not improved the people’s lives as it had promised and that the ruling party was running the country the same way as the apartheid regime.
“The same things that happened during apartheid are still happening even now. Nothing has changed,” said Dalindyebo, who was flanked by some of the abaThembu chiefs.
Trollip said he was happy to welcome the king into the party and will use him to recruit more people from the abaThembu nation to the DA.
“This is a very important day in the history of the DA. The king has broken the mould that if you are a traditional leader you must vote for the ANC. The king said I must leave him a membership book so that he can start recruiting people into the DA. I am very proud to welcome the king into the DA,” Trollip said.
Trollip also criticised Zuma and said that the president had managed to manipulate the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA).
“The president has done all in his power to manipulate the NPA and to make sure that he does not have his day in court,” Trollip said.
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