Mandla laughs off king’s claim

Lulamile Feni and Mkhululi Ndamase

NELSON Mandela’s grandson, Mandla Mandela, has laughed off an announcement by AbaThembu king Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo at the weekend that he is no longer the chief of Mvezo.

This follows statements Dalindyebo made after meeting 200 Thembu senior traditional leaders at the Bumbane Great Place near Mthatha on Saturday.

At the meeting, Dalindyebo announced that Mandla had been fired as Mvezo chief.

“It is my right as the king to kick that rat out for disgracing Rolihlahla’s name in public,” he said.

“[Mandla] is no longer a recognised traditional leader of AbaThembu as from today, I have fired him.

“I will write him a letter before the end of the week. I relieve him of all traditional duties. He is no more a chief.

“Mandla has not only angered us … but his own family too. We do not need him in the Madiba clan at all.

“He does not exist as a chief. The Mandela family has had enough of him to the extent that they have given me the name of Ndaba as the rightful chief.”

This follows a public spat between Mandla and his aunt, Makaziwe, and half-brothers, Ndaba and Mbuso, over the exhumation of the remains of three of Nelson Mandela’s children.

Dalindyebo came out in full support of Makaziwe, accusing Mandla of disgracing the Dlomo clan and Thembu nation when he publicly criticised his half-brothers.

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