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King officially joins DA

AbaThembu King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo says joining the DA "is no longer a rumour, it’s a reality".

AbaThembu King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo. Picture: EWN

QUNU - AbaThembu King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo has officially joined the Democratic Alliance (DA).

Former president Nelson Mandela's distant relative made the announcement following a meeting at his Qunu home with Eastern Cape DA leader Athol Trollip on Monday afternoon.

The move was described as part of the fight for change in the country.

The king made headlines recently for bashing the ANC and President Jacob Zuma.

He has also been embroiled in a dispute with Madiba's grandson Mandla Mandela.

Dalindyebo said joining the DA was his gift to the former president.

The king said he and his community had been in the "frying pan" of the Zuma regime for too long.

"Today, as a king, I have finally joined the DA and I have signed officially. It's no longer a rumour, it's a reality."

Last week, Dalindyebo said the AbaThembu people wanted Zuma to account for his actions and threatened to break off ties with him.

But AbaThembu Chief Mfundo Mtirara described the king's comments as inflammatory.

Mtirara says the AbaThembu Royal House will meet Dalindyebo soon to discuss his comments.

He said the outspoken king did not consult everyone before he decided to launch the verbal attack against Zuma.

The chief said nobody has the right to insult anyone, especially Zuma.

ZUMA PETITION

Dalindyebo handed over a petition against the president at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on Wednesday.

He said his petition was in response to Zuma's attempt to flush him out of kingship.

"He flushes people out like condoms. While he thinks he can flush [out] kings, he has also flushed his own ministers out like condoms."

Dalindyebo also called Zuma a liar and a Zulu boy.

'CRAZY' COMMENTS

The AbaThembu Royal House has referred to Dalindyebo's comments as "extremely crazy".

Officials say the comments are disrespectful and insulting.

The house added it cannot remove Dalindyebo as king before its decision to do so is ratified by government.

Mtirara has apologised to the nation and the president for the king's words.

Meanwhile, social activist and poet Mzwakhe Mbuli took a swipe at Dalindyebo calling him a Xhosa king without manners.

Mbuli told provincial and regional ANC leaders that they should speak to him to tone down his comments.