King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo has apologized to President Jacob Zuma

King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo has apologized to President Jacob Zuma for his “recent utterances”, Mac Maharaj speaking on behalf of the South African presidency said on Wednesday December 24, 2014. Google+

President Jacob Zuma, King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo and Jeff Radebe“The king came to apologise to President Zuma and said he had come to ‘humble himself before the president as a son to a father’ for his recent utterances,”spokesperson for the presidency Mac Maharaj was quoted saying.

President Jacob Zuma reportedly accepted King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo’s apology.

“The king gave the President a cow as a sign of his apology, and the President reciprocated by giving the king a cow as well as a sign of accepting the apology,” Mac Maharaj was quoted saying.

King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo’s squabbles with President Jacob Zuma and the African National Congress (ANC) he leads are well documented, in a ultimate moved that marked an all time low in their relations, the King switched allegiances when he publicly dropped the  ANC for the Helen Zille led Democratic Alliance (DA) ahead of the 2014 General Election of South Africa.

“Zuma is no different from a parasite. Parasitic in origin, parasitic in the making, and a serpent at heart. This is how I start my road to joining the DA,” King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo was quoted by The Mercury in July 2013.

In 2013 answering the question relating to his perceived disrespect for President Jacob Zuma “If you remember, Malema [Julius Malema] used to be in Zuma’s camp and benefited from Zuma. He then tries to expose me as an incompetent king. Meanwhile, he himself is a drunk politician, a tribal leader pursuing tribalism, a Zulu boy from Nkandla.

“So I cannot respect a nonsensical Zulu boy who does not respect the royal house of the AbaThembu. This is how we’re going to treat him from now on, day in, day out, every day, for breakfast, lunch and dinner,” King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo was quoted.

In July 2014 President Jacob Zuma wrote a letter to King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo asking him to make representations about why his recognition certificate as king should not be withdrawn.

This was reportedly in response to a letter written by the AbaThembu royal family to President Jacob Zuma on October 1, 2012 and February 4, 2013 asking him to implement their decision – taken on September 29, 2012 – to remove Dalindyebo as king.

After the matter was heard at the Eastern Cape High Court, President Jacob Zuma decided not to consider the request by the AbaThembu Royal family to withdraw Dalindyebo’s certificate.

On his December 4, 2014 trip to President Jacob Zuma‘s Nkandla home in KwaZulu-Natal, King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo was accompanied by a large delegation from the AbaThembu clan.

That meeting was also attended by the Minister in the Presidency, Jeff Radebe; ANC treasurer general, Zweli Mkhize; and the former wife of late former South African President Nelson Mandela, Winnie Madikizela Mandela.

The King of AbaThembu, Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo, has since given President Jacob Zuma a second cow as a sign of gratitude for accepting his apology.


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