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King's case a court issue - Zuma

By Zukile Majova | Dec 31, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma's office has rejected suggestions that he should intervene in the legal woes of the abaThembu king.

Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo was jailed for 15 years by a Mthatha judge recently.

The court found Dalindyebo guilty of culpable homicide, kidnapping, arson, and assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm. He is out on bail.

This week the king's spokesperson, Votani Majola, who also leads the Justice for King Dalindyebo campaign, called on Zuma to publicly apologise to Dalindyebo for being "humiliated" by a South African court.

He also wants the government to pay R80billion in compensation to the king.

Zuma spokesperson Vincent Magwenya said the president had no intention of intervening in the king's legal battles.

"There is a very clear separation of powers between the judiciary and executive. The president has to respect this. The king must seek recourse through the courts.''

Earlier the king had said he intended to withdraw the abaThembu nation from South Africa to form an independent state.

In a letter to Zuma, Majola wrote: "Kindly take notice that abaThembu tribe have taken an executive decision to withdraw from the South African government to form an independent state.

"The official withdrawal notice that contains more details on this matter will be officially served on January 6 2010 in Parliament in Cape Town at 12."

He suggested that the abaThembu own a lion's share of South Africa's land, with the claim affecting six provinces and four municipalities - Cape Town, Nelson Mandela, eThekwini and Joburg.


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