The weird world of pol­i­tics

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High­est court

None of us wants to go to jail. Not even no­to­ri­ous crim­i­nal Radovan Kre­jčíř – or his foot­ball mate be­hind bars, Os­car Pis­to­rius.

So we all understand why abaThembu King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo went to ridicu­lous lengths to avoid in­car­cer­a­tion.

But you have to be really des­per­ate to re­sort to a rul­ing of the nonex­is­tent “United King­dom of the Union of South Africa the com­mon­wealth realms Repub­lic of South Africa court” to set aside all your con­vic­tions.

This is ex­actly what the king did, say­ing this “court” cleared him.

Or­ange roy­alty

Right un­til the last minute, the king car­ried on as if he was in­vin­ci­ble.

Ar­riv­ing at the high court in Mthatha on Tues­day, King Dalindyebo told jour­nal­ists he had been ill-treated for a man of his stature.

“I am a king with rights. Th­ese judges talk about me like I’m their kitchen girl.”

He also said he was very happy to spend Xmas with his fam­ily and not in “emjiva” (jail). He wanted the same for New Year’s Day.

“Uthixo akan­oth­anda ikumkani ib­heke ejele” (God would not be happy if a king goes to jail).

You asked for it

We would, how­ever, not be wit­ness­ing a king in an or­ange uni­form if he had not been all talk and no ac­tion.

Let’s re­call that, about five years ago, King Dalindyebo threat­ened to serve no­tice that the Thembu na­tion would no longer be part of South Africa, and the ANC-led gov­ern­ment would forth­with have no say in its new, in­de­pen­dent state, which would be headed by Dalindyebo him­self.

But he pre­var­i­cated. and look at him now. Even Un­cle Gweezy was on hand to re­mind him that “the kings who were vo­cal against apartheid wanted a con­sti­tu­tional democ­racy – and this is it”.

PHOTO: SIPHELELE NKETO

COURT FOR THE HIGH

King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo

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