AmaXhosa King Mpendulo Zwelonke Sigcawu has asked ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa to speed up the release of AbaThembu king Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo from prison.
Ramaphosa visited the king on Tuesday at Nqadu Great Place near Willowvale, in the Eastern Cape.
Sigcawu said: “We are very worried about the incarceration of Zwelibanzi (king Dalindyebo). Our hearts are bleeding. Please release Zwelibanzi now.”
ANC chairman Gwede Mantashe also spoke of the release of Dalindyebo. “It affects us all. The leaders must look at the release of the king.”
Ramaphosa did not address the issue of Dalindyebo’s release.
Ramaphosa and Mantashe had earlier visited this royal burial site to pay respest to the late king Xolilizwe Sigcawu, who died in 2005, and Xolilizwe’s father, King Zwelidumile Sigcawu.
After the meeting, Ramaphosa and the king were joined by the other ANC leaders and some traditional leaders.
In the morning, the ANC top brass – Ramaphosa‚ party deputy president David Mabuza‚ national chairman Gwede Mantashe‚ secretary-general Ace Magashule as well as treasurer general Paul Mashile – laid a wreath at the grave site of Rubusana, the founding member the ANC’s Buffalo City region is now named after. This happened in East London before their visit to Sigcawu.