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EYEBROWS must have been instantly raised at abaThembu King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo's intentions to declare independence from the country that wants to send him to jail.
And, not surprisingly, the reaction across the nation must surely have been: His excellency can't be serious.
Yet the king is as dead serious about secession plans as a drowning man would be clutching at a straw to escape his predicament. Behind his grand plan of self-proclaimed independence is a self-evident attempt to escape a 15-year jail sentence for the kidnapping of a woman and children in the 1990s, the burning of homes and the assault of youths, one of whom died.
Thus, it should be clear to all that the king's actions are motivated not so much by a genuine quest for self-determination for his subjects as by self-interest.
To stir up national passions among subjects so as to create leverage is the intention, however impractical his brand of idealism. To that extent he must be warned that he is treading on dangerous ground by inciting dissent or even revolt against a democratic state.
Allusion to political persecution, driven by the ANC, which he claims aims to topple him to install a "puppet leader", is as groundless as his claims of trumped-up charges. Also, his right to a fair trial has been reinforced by the granting of an appeal to represent his case further to the Appellate Division.
The king must stop posturing and rise above the narrow confines of his individualist concerns to the broader interests of the nation.