Madiba's cousin joins DA

Thembu King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo has indicated he plans to join the Democratic Alliance.

Thembu King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo has indicated he plans to join the Democratic Alliance. Picture:

CAPE TOWN - AbaThembu King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo, who is related to former president Nelson Mandela, on Monday indicated he plans to join the Democratic Alliance (DA) as he is not happy with the African National Congress (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."


The tribal leader has also lashed out at Madiba's grandson Mandla Mandela, labelling him a "controversial individual".

Dalindyebo believes the recent gravesite saga involving Mandla has created unnecessary confusion within the family. Sixteen members of the Mandela clan recently brought an urgent application to force Mandla, who is the chief of the Mvezo Traditional Council, to move the remains of Madiba's three children from Mvezo, where they are currently buried, to Qunu.

Mandla allegedly moved the remains to Mvezo in 2011 without consulting the family.

Dalindyebo said it was clear Mandla was the bad apple in the family who was only focused on furthering his own interests.

"It's all things that were aimed at self-elevating himself, things that were targeting some stupid profits and stupid games that came from corrupt ends."

Meanwhile, Mandla's legal team is expected to launch a challenge into the court order.

The current chief of the Mvezo Traditional Council avoided speaking to journalists after attending a prayer service for his grandfather in Qunu on Sunday.

However, in an earlier statement he said he was compelled to go to court to defend himself.