'I have lost all respect for Mandla Mandela'

AbaThembu King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo also called Jacob Zuma a parasite from Nkandla

FILE:AbaThembu King Buyelekhaya Zwelibanzi Dalindyebo. Picture: xhosaculture.com

QUNU - As the Mandela family feud continues, the king of the traditional clan to which the family belongs has launched stinging attacks on both Mandla Mandela and President Jacob Zuma.

AbaThembu King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo says he has lost all respect for Mandla Mandela after he became embroiled in a bitter feud with his own family.

A meeting of AbaThembu tribal leaders was convened on Saturday to discuss the bitter spat which gripped the Mandela family.

The king who is Mandela's cousin told Eyewitness News he can't respect Mandla if he in turn disrespects his family and his culture.

He said Mandla has been expelled "from all rank of duties".

The king said Mandla, a chief in the Mvezo area, wouldn't be allowed any involvement in tribal affairs until he apologises.

"We don't have to waste our time. We have our way of doing things."

Last week, Mandla lashed out at Dalindyebo warning him to stay out of his family affairs.

Dalindyebo also lashed out at President Zuma calling him a parasite and a Zulu boy from Nkandla.

He labelled him a tribalist at the head of the ANC and questioned his leadership.


Meanwhile, Mandla has said he will fight to have the Mthatha High Court's ruling against him reversed.

He said last week's decision by the court was a travesty of justice.

Mandla said incorrect information about Madiba's state of health may have been used to persuade the court to rule against him, allowing other family members to exhume the remains in the Eastern Cape.

His legal team says it will investigate whether the former president's state of health was used to mislead the court.

Madiba's eldest surviving daughter Makaziwe submitted an affidavit saying the former statesman's health is perilous and that he was on a life support machine.

Mandla's spokesperson Freddy Pilusa told Eyewitness News the chief wanted justice.