Dalindyebo ad­mit­ted to hos­pi­tal

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AbaThembu King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo has been con­nected to drips and is “un­der se­ri­ous med­i­cal care” af­ter em­bark­ing on a hunger strike at the East Lon­don Max­i­mum Cor­rec­tional Cen­tre, says Julius Malema.

The Eco­nomic Free­dom Fighters (EFF) leader went to visit the jailed king yes­ter­day in prison, only to be told by au­thor­i­ties that he was in Life St Do­minic’s Hospi­tal, where he was ad­mit­ted on Fri­day night.

“We went to see the king. He was ad­mit­ted [to hos­pi­tal] be­cause he fell ill af­ter en­gag­ing in a hunger strike. He started his hunger strike on Sun­day,” Malema said out­side the hos­pi­tal yes­ter­day.

“He was wait­ing for this type of visit. Only now is he go­ing to eat. We have had a dis­cus­sion with him and the king has ac­cepted that he should eat.”

EFF mem­bers in party re­galia painted the gates at the East Lon­don Cor­rec­tional Cen­tre red and fol­lowed Malema to the hos­pi­tal.

Malema, his deputy, Floyd Shivambu, and the party’s na­tional chair­per­son, Dali Mpofu, ac­com­pa­nied the king’s fam­ily, his wife Nok­wanda and sis­ter Ndileka Dlamini, to visit him at 2pm.

The me­dia was barred from en­ter­ing the hos­pi­tal, which had both prison warders and po­lice on guard.

After his 40-minute visit, Malema said he had never seen a king so hu­mil­i­ated.

“We thought the hu­mil­i­a­tion of our tra­di­tional lead­er­ship ended with the colo­nial times and the apartheid regime. The king is in good spir­its, but it is re­ally painful to see the ANC gov­ern­ment do what they are do­ing to this man here. I have never seen any­thing like this,” he said.

Malema said Dalindyebo should at least have been placed un­der house ar­rest.

“We are not say­ing he must not pay. All of us must be ac­count­able. All of us must be sub­jected to the ju­di­ciary, but we are talk­ing about the king here. We think that there must be some in­ter­ven­tion made. We call upon the ANC to re­think this de­ci­sion,” he said.

Malema ques­tioned the judg­ment that found the king guilty be­cause the monarch had thought he was ex­er­cis­ing his pow­ers by mak­ing an “in­sti­tu­tional in­ter­ven­tion” and act­ing on his sub­jects’ com­plaints.

He called Dalindyebo’s im­pris­on­ment “pa­thetic”, a “se­ri­ous hu­mil­i­a­tion of black peo­ple” and an “at­tack on tra­di­tional lead­er­ship”.

ANC spokesper­son Zizi Kodwa said he did not have “time for what Julius Malema says”.

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