Abol­ish SA monar­chy

CityPress - - Voices - Thabo Th­wala Bothav­ille, Free State

The peo­ple of South Africa are be­ing held to ran­som by con­tro­ver­sial King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo and a few other monar­chs who de­mand mil­lions of rands from the coun­try’s al­ready stretched cof­fers.

Com­ments by peo­ple such as his spokesper­son, Ca­m­ag­wini Matanz­ima-Madik­izela, that “the king was nom­i­nated in heaven to be head of the fam­ily” should worry ev­ery democ­racy-lov­ing person in the coun­try.

This kind of at­ti­tude is re­lied upon by kings and chiefs the world over, who con­tinue to op­press peo­ple while claim­ing God-given pow­ers.

Kings in this coun­try or else­where do not work the land, yet they de­mand mil­lions to fund their lux­u­ri­ous life­styles.

Dalindyebo should know that the po­si­tion he holds is a priv­i­lege given to him by the peo­ple of South Africa. They can re­voke that priv­i­lege any time they want since he does not con­trib­ute any­thing to up­lift­ing the econ­omy. The time to abol­ish monar­chies to­wards build­ing a real peo­ple’s econ­omy is now!

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