Feudal patriarchy must end now
K Martin Randburg, Gauteng
In his haste to castigate the Constitution in defence of King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo, Thami ka Plaatjie issues a veiled warning, couched in pseudo-intellectual babble, to be cautious about jailing a king (“We jail a king at our peril”, City Press, January 3). How so, Thami ka Plaatjie?
Would you have us believe that there was somehow divine justification for the barbaric actions of the king?
Were all social and constitutional obligations to institutions to be suspended to accommodate the reprehensible behaviour of the monarch?
Nowhere in his article does he make mention of the sheer horror that Dalindyebo and his henchmen visited upon his hapless victims – his supposed subjects.
Nowhere does he mention the fact that all of us celebrated the adoption of the Constitution under then president Nelson Mandela, who was very close to Dalindyebo’s family.
Implicit in that celebration was the acknowledgment of the rule of law in a constitutional democracy. Things had changed.
Dalindyebo celebrated the supremacy of the Constitution with the Mandelas and other clans. Not one chief challenged the adoption of the Constitution, as was their right.
So Dalindyebo knew, like we all know, that there are laws against burning and pillaging, but he chose to act as a feudal despot.
The kingdom suffered under apartheid. Dalindyebo should have acted better than the apartheid rulers.
The kings and chiefs of the various tribes in South Africa continue to live large at the expense of the taxpayers.
Surely Ka Plaatjie knows better than to justify the deplorable actions of Dalindyebo by regaling us with past glories of ancient kingdoms in almost biblical invocations.
Thank goodness for the Constitution, which protects us poor serfs from the violence these feudal patriarchs feel entitled to, as well as those smitten by the allure of tribal power.