AbaThembu royal Family will soon be destitute of money following the government’s decision this week to stop paying King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo his R1.1 million salary.
As garnered from a City Press report, the AbaThembu royal family does not know how to survive as the government pulled the plug on the salary of their bread-winner, King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo who’s serving a 12-year prison term at the East London Maximum Correctional Center for crimes ranging from assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm, defeating the ends of justice to arson and kidnapping.
The King had received his salary until February when the spokesperson for the department of cooperative governance and traditional affairs in the Eastern Cape – Mamkeli Ngam related that based on the Public Finance Management Act, the department could no longer continue to pay the king as he’s not rendering any services to government.
Regardless of the fact that Dalindyebo’s certificate of recognition as a king is yet to be withdrawn, Ngam reportedly stated; “we are applying a rule of no work, no pay,” exposing why the AbaThembu royal family found nothing deposited on Dalindyebo’s bank account.
In line with that, Bishop Vuyisa Plaatjie the organizer of ‘Free Dalindyebo’ campaign related that the AbaThembu royal family will soon be completely broke as they are presently struggling to survive.
“We do not know how the king’s family is going to survive without his salary. A lot of people are dependent on him, including his extended family. This whole thing means they will die of hunger because even the queen does not work,” Plaatjie lamented.
Plaatjie who disclosed that he visited King Dalindyebo’s family members at his residence in Enkululekweni Complex in Mthatha, and found them anxiously waiting for help wailed that it is disturbing for the government to abandon the royal household.
“We thought that as a king and someone who went into exile together with his late father (King Sabata) to fight for this country, at least government would have a way of supporting the family…
Why should the children and grandchildren of Sabata die of hunger after he died in exile fighting for this country?” Plaatjie queried.
Reacting to the royal household’s situation, the provincial chairman of the Congress of Traditional Leaders of SA – Nkosi Mwelo Nonkonyana pointed out that King Dalindyebo is entitled to his salary and is not a government employee. “Many people think that traditional leaders are salaried. It is a stipend and we believe we are entitled to it,” Nonkonyana charged.
To Nomkonyana, “some magistrates committed worse blunders, and some judges hung innocent people, but they are protected by the Roman-Dutch legal system” which still suppresses the customary law.
Meanwhile, the national executive committee of the Congress of Traditional Leaders of SA has filled an urgent application at the Western Cape High Court to challenge National Prosecuting Authority’s authority to charge traditional leaders who execute their duties.
“We are raising sharply the issue of the Traditional Courts Bill. We are saying that if there was a bill on traditional leadership, there would have been clarity on the role of His Majesty when the offences were committed,” Nonkonyana argued.