DA shuns backlash over king’s outburst

Aphiwe Deklerk

THE DA in the Eastern Cape has distanced itself from controversial member Abathembu King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo’s outburst at the weekend in which he insulted his wife.

The Herald reported yesterday that Dalindyebo verbally attacked his wife, Queen Noluntu Dalindyebo, calling her a bitch, at the funeral of Ngwenyathi Joyi, a family member.

“I have seen that my wife is also at this funeral. She is a bitch. I don’t know how many men she is sleeping with in Bhisho,” he said.

Noluntu is a member of the Eastern Cape House of Traditional Leaders, which sits in Bhisho. The DA said yesterday Dalindyebo “wears two caps”, one as a member of the DA and another as a king, and that his comments were made in his capacity as king.

“Usually, when going public, [Dalindyebo] wears the one of being a king. Even the issue he was speaking of, had to do with royal issues, so I don’t see why we should be dragged into those things,” party spokeswoman Veliswa Mvenya said. “As the party we don’t get involved because the DA can’t tell him how to speak and what to do because we have got nothing to do with royal matters.

“We need to differentiate things and know he is a leader as a king and his behaviour, however it is, is a matter for his royal family.”

Mvenya said the issue should be handled by his family.

“He was speaking like this even when he was a member of the ANC and no one made them answer,” Mvenya said.

Asked if it did not bother the DA that Dalindyebo was disrespecting women, especially during the 16 days of activism for no violence against women and children campaign, Mvenya said the party would stick to their stance.

“We don’t want to interfere in the matters of the royal family. I don’t want us to take him as a political leader … he is not a leader, he is a member,” she said.

Dalindyebo joined the DA earlier this year with much fanfare, and has, on many platforms, attacked the ANC and its president, Jacob Zuma.

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