‘Staunch’ DA king welcomes Juju

ABATHEMBU King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo on Thursday night opened the door for Economic Freedom Fighter leader Julius Malema to campaign in his kingdom ahead of the elections.

This is despite Dalindyebo having last year joined the Democratic Alliance after his fallout with the ANC.

“Malema is a man you can trust,” the king told Walter Sisulu University (WSU) students attending an EFF rally at a packed Nelson Mandela Drive WSU auditorium.

Dalindyebo then attacked President Jacob Zuma, calling him a “thief”.

“But when you are a thief you are a thief irrespective of who you are. But there are those who are defending Zuma,” Dalindyebo said.

“The people leading the government are embedded with fraud and corruption.

“State organs are used for vilifying and persecuting people who stand up and tell the truth about corruption,” he added.

Malema said the Eastern Cape was marginalised politically even though it had produced “tried and tested leaders”.

“We need to revive the Eastern Cape to its former glory. Now it is an organisation of thieves who are just enriching themselves,” he said.

Malema said that while people of South Africa were swimming in hunger, Zuma and his wives were swimming in a R2.8-million pool.

He was referring to the pool built at Zuma’s Nkandla homestead.

While both Malema and Dalindyebo are known critics of Zuma, Dalindyebo, however, made it clear that he was still a DA member.

“I hope that you all know that I wear the blue beret (DA), not the red one.”

In May 2012 Malema was prevented entry to Bumbane Great Place. About seven security guards armed with automatic rifles and shotguns were posted at the main gate with clear instructions not to allow Malema and his entourage to enter. But Dalindyebo said the 2012 incident was caused by factions in the ANC.

DA provincial leader Athol Trollip said Dalindyebo’s attendance at the EFF meeting was an endorsement of democracy.

“He is the king of the area and him being there showed that he supports the idea that political parties can campaign anywhere.”

Malema is in the province as part of his party’s build-up for the provincial rally at Mdantsane’s Sisa Dukashe Stadium today.

Before addressing the students, Malema visited Nompumelelo township in Beacon Bay. — lulamilef@dispatch.co.za

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