It’s not actually good that this state benevolence is coming behind Royal Convict King Dalindyebo’s back. But, he has to bear his cross anyway.
Minister of cooperative governance and traditional affairs Des van Rooyen has revealed that jailed abaThembu king Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo won’t be receiving his monthly salary of R1.13 million salary and that his official car has been taken away.
The minister made this known while responding to FF Plus MP Corne Mulder’s question in parliament.
During the sitting, Mulder asked Rooyen if King Dalindyebo’s financial benefits would be suspended in view of the fact that he was serving a 12-year prison sentence. Rooyen also said that Dalindyebo won’t be receiving the luxury car and cows being distributed by the state.
Reports said that 60 traditional leaders in Mpumalanga have received luxury cars worth almost R30 million.
And that each traditional council of the province received five young cows worth R12 million.
Earlier this month, we brought you a report that the convict king Dalindyebo’s name has been removed from Government payroll after a public outcry trailing the news that he was still receiving his salary in jail. Following the outcry, his salary of R1.13 million would be suspended with effect from March. The minister also stated that the MEC for local government was instructed to stop Dalindyebo’s compensation. Rooyen emphatically said;
“No, the king is in prison and can no longer carry out his duties. Continuing to pay him would constitute irregular, wasteful and fruitless expenditure.”
According to Eastern Cape provincial government, the king’s state car was retrieved since December.
Following King Dalindyebo’s conviction, the family is yet to pick his successor. The king is serving a 12-year jail term at Wellington Prison near Mthatha for various crimes committed in the 1990s.
Answering a question by Democratic Alliance MP Kevin Mileham, Rooyen stated that 60 traditional leaders received new cars – including two Mercedes-Benz ML400s, two Chevrolet Trailblazers, 12 Ford Rangers, 35 Toyota Fortuners and nine Audi Q5s from the Mpumalanga provincial government on behalf of their respective traditional councils.
And that some old cars which were bought in the 2010/2011 financial year were replaced.
The abaThembu royal family had asked the president to remove Dalindyebo in 2012 because of his criminal conviction and behaviour, but President Jacob Zuma didn’t do anything about it.
Also, in July 2014, a group of Thembu chiefs wrote to President Zuma requesting that Dalindyebo be removed, claiming he was an “evil king” and “not fit to rule”.
After his arrest, the convict King Dalindyebo appealed to the supreme court when he was initially sentenced to 15 years in prison in 2009 for culpable homicide, assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm, arson, and kidnapping.
He was granted bail pending the outcome of his appeal.
The Supreme Court of Appeal thereafter discharged the culpable homicide conviction and reduced Dalindyebo’s sentence to 12 years.