The weird world of politics
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.
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”.
COURT FOR THE HIGH
King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo