A blue life for King DA-lindyebo

Controversial AbaThembu King Dalindyebo officially joined the DA on Monday.

AbaThembu King Dalindyebo at his home in Qunu in the Eastern Cape just after he officially joined the DA on 15 July. Picture:EWN

QUNU - AbaThembu King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo said South Africans must move away from the culture of voting for the African National Congress (ANC) because they feel obliged to.

Dalindeybo has recently made headlines due to his inflammatory comments about President Jacob Zuma and the ANC.

He has also been embroiled in a dispute with former President Nelson Mandela's grandson Mandla Mandela.

The King, who is a distant relative of Madiba, officially joined the Democratic Alliance (DA) on Monday following a meeting at his Qunu home with Eastern Cape DA leader Athol Trollip on Monday afternoon.

He said the ANC has failed to deliver and he now supports the opposition.

"You know some people might say I am a King surrounded by controversy, but here we are with a President who came to power controversially."

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

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."

DA Leader Helen Zille said Dalindyebo has joined the party as an ordinary member and won't be a public representative.

Dalindyebo, who has publicly criticised President Jacob Zuma and the African National Congress (ANC), officially joined the DA on Monday.

The king is a controversial figure, who was sentenced to 15 years in jail after he was found guilty of culpable homicide, assault, kidnapping and arson charges.

He is currently appealing his sentence.

Zille said Dalindyebo has been warned to watch what he says in public because he is now associated with the opposition party.

"He was very happy and keen to become a DA member. It was made very clear to him he would have to watch what he says in public as a DA member because he will be associated with the DA. He understands that."


Last week, Dalindyebo handed over a petition against the president at the Union Buildings in Pretoria.

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 kings, he has also flushed his own ministers out like condoms."

Dalindyebo also called Zuma a liar and a Zulu boy.

He said the AbaThembu want Zuma to account for his actions or they would break all ties with him.


Meanwhile, AbaThembu Chief Mfundo Mtirara said the AbaThembu Royal House will meet Dalindyebo next week to discuss his inflammatory comments about Zuma.

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

The Chief says no one has the right to insult anyone especially President Zuma.

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

The Royal House said the comments were disrespectful and insulting.

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