Abathembu secession bid set for Parliament

WANTS OUT: AbaThembu King Buyelekhaya Zwelibanzi Dalindyebo. Pic: LULAMILE FENI. 10/12/2009. © DD 

AbaThembu King Buyelekhaya Zwelibanzi Dalindyebo ( centre with beard) and his supporters rejoice after the Mthatha High Court yesterday garnted him a aleave to appeal. Picture:LULAMILE FENI 10/12/2009 DAILY DISPATCH
WANTS OUT: AbaThembu King Buyelekhaya Zwelibanzi Dalindyebo. Pic: LULAMILE FENI. 10/12/2009. © DD AbaThembu King Buyelekhaya Zwelibanzi Dalindyebo ( centre with beard) and his supporters rejoice after the Mthatha High Court yesterday garnted him a aleave to appeal. Picture:LULAMILE FENI 10/12/2009 DAILY DISPATCH

ABATHEMBU King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo is going ahead with his decision to withdraw his people from the South African government.

ABATHEMBU King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo is going ahead with his decision to withdraw his people from the South African government.

The withdrawal notice will be delivered to Parliament today.

Dalindyebo's spokesperson and leader of the Justice for Dalindyebo Campaign, Votani Majola, told Sowetan yesterday that there had been no communication from President Jacob Zuma's government to oppose the formation of the independent state.

"We have not received anything to suggest we should not go ahead. We will deliver the notice at midday and then address a media conference afterwards."

Last week Zuma refused to intervene in the legal woes of the abaThembu king, who was sentenced to 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.

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

Part of Dalindyebo's demands is that Zuma should apologise for his "humiliation" by the courts and to pay him R80billion in compensation.

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

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