King Dalindyebo joins the DA

Athol Trollip, DA Leader in the Eastern Cape has met with the King to discuss the principles and Constitution of the DA given his interest in joining the party.

AbaThembu King Buyelekhaya Zwelibanzi Dalindyebo waves to journalists as he arrives at the Medi-Clinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria

King Dalindyebo said he believed that the DA’s brand of clean government and delivery was needed in the Eastern Cape.

A number of issues were discussed including the proposed Traditional Courts Bill to which the DA has a number of objections relating to its constitutionality.

King Dalindyebo was clear that, while the Constitution recognizes traditional leadership, it is paramount that traditional leaders respect and abide by the Constitution.

To that end, the King agreed that unconstitutional provisions in the Bill regarding gender needed to be amended.

“I was upfront with King Dalindyebo with regards to some of the controversies that have surrounded him. I made it clear that the DA expects its members to conduct themselves in line with the party’s values and principles”, said Trollip.

On that basis King Dalindyebo took up membership of the DA today.

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