Embattled Abathembu King Dalindyebo has sent a heartwarming letter to late statesman Nelson Mandela’s wife Winnie Madikizela Mandela in commemoration of her 80th birthday.
The traditional leader wrote the soul-stirring message to the struggle icon and human right activist from his East London prison cell.
Recounting how helpful and caring Winnie was towards him in the apartheid era; Dalindyebo wrote that she was indeed like a mother to him.
“You have made a lot of contributions in my life as a mother through my dark days; when I needed love and comfort during extremely cold and life-threatening days of apartheid when I was far away from home,” he wrote.
King Dalindyebo Recounts Winnie’s Love And Care
As disclosed in the heart-warming letter, Dalindyebo wished that he was part of Winnie’s guests – so that he could tell the world his lifetime experiences and how Mama Winnie cared for him.
“Life is such a long journey that has a beginning and unknown end. Believe me, when I say, I wish I was among those who are blessed to spend this day with you; sharing lifetime experiences and the future of our struggle under current deeply worrying circumstances,” he wrote.
Abathembu King Dalindyebo is serving a 12-year jail term at Wellington Prison near Mthatha for various crimes committed in the 1990s.
In March, he missed out as 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. This came after his name was removed from Government’s payroll days earlier.
Last week Wednesday, a glamorous birthday gala dinner was organized in honor of Winnie at the picturesque Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel in Cape Town.
The renowned Cape Town hotel witnessed the presence of the first lady Bongi Ngema-Zuma; her daughter Zindzi Mandela; Julius Malema; EFF’s Dali Mpofu; Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille and other politicians; musicians and family members of Madikizela-Mandela.