QUNU – AbaThembu King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo says he has lost all respect for Mandla Mandela after Madiba’s eldest grandson became embroiled in a bitter feud with his own family.
The King, a cousin of Nelson Mandela's, continued his public condemnation of Mandla on Saturday, a few days after calling him “controversial” and “opportunistic”.
Eyewitness News spoke with the King at his home near Qunu in the Eastern Cape where he said he and his people have no time to negotiate with Mandla.
He said Mandla needed to be ejected from his position in the clan sooner rather than later.
“I can surely promise you that he will be ejected – he will not just be removed.”
The King added he couldn't respect someone who didn't respect his culture or his family.
There’s no love lost between the two, however, as Mandla warned the King earlier this week to stay out of his family’s affairs.
Mandla lost a court battle in the same period against a number of his relatives over the exhumation of the remains of three of Madiba's children.
The Mthatha High Court ordered Mandla to return the remains from Mvezo to Qunu, where they were reburied on Thursday.
‘TRAVESTY OF JUSTICE’
Mandla’s legal team said on Saturday they would be exploring whether the former president’s state of health was abused to trick the justice system.
His spokesperson Freddy Pilusa said the ruling is a travesty of justice, especially if it emerges that members of the Mandela family lied about his grandfather’s condition in an affidavit issued to the court.
The document was filed by Nelson Mandela’s eldest surviving daughter Makaziwe and said his health was perilous.
It claimed he was in a ‘vegetative state’ and was being assisted in breathing by a life support machine.
“If it’s true that Makiziwe’s legal team got an order using this information, which seems to be incorrect, it would be a travesty of justice,” Pilusa said.
The document was brought on behalf of 15 family members but was not signed by them.
The claims in the document were later denied by The Presidency while some of Mandela's friends and family gave more positive accounts of his health.
KING LEAVES ANC
In a surprise move on Monday, the King indicated he planned to join the Democratic Alliance (DA) as he was not happy with the ANC.
Dalindyebo said he believed the current government had failed the people of South Africa.
He said it was time citizens supported "credible leaders".
"The government has betrayed our people; the government has betrayed our kingdom. We believe there is no reason to back the ANC because it has been enjoying our support and abusing it. It is high time we gave our support to credible leaders."
Dalindyebo said the ANC had failed on several fronts.
“One of the biggest disappointments is corruption itself and it [the ANC] is not doing anything to change the environment of the poor.”
(Edited by Craig Wynn)