AbaThembu King, Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo, launched an attack on the ruling party ANC over the weekend, an made a rare public speech where he addressed 50 mourners at a funeral service of AbaThembu chief, Sandile Mgudlwa, in Ngcobo.
Dalindyebo stated that the ANC is "a devil’s fart" and its actions should not be tolerated for the ruling party will run the country into the ground.
Dalindyebo’s statements was made after the ANC came under criticism over reports which linked many of its top leaders to alleged Covid-19 tender corruption.
"You need to be brave, because the thieves are stealing all the resources meant to shield us during this difficult period. The ANC was so innocent when it was in the hands of Oliver Tambo. What we are seeing today, I don't know what to call it all. I would say it’s a devil's fart, but because I am in the presence of pastors I can't say that."
"The devil is not even wearing underwear now," was the words of Dalindyebo as he spoke about the unlawful actions of the ANC.
Dalindyebo warned the uncritical supporters against blind loyalty and added that his people does not accept the news about the ANC's scandals. However he added that his nation did not want the ANC but is still longing for good hearts in the party. "If Mkabayi, you can work hard on fixing the ruling party, getting rid of the rampant corruption, I am sure that you will get our support.
"Don’t come here bragging thinking that, when you are carrying an ANC emblem, you are carrying something that is closer to God, or thinking that you are carrying the most important thing in the world. There comes a time when you don't have to tolerate any wrongdoings, because the way I see it, the devil is not even wearing underwear now – he is stark naked," said Dalindyebo.
However, the ANC in the Eastern Cape welcomed Dalindyebo's attack and stated that it is as a call for a renewal of morality.
ANC provincial secretary, Lulama Ngcukayithobi, responded to Dalindyebo's message and said that; "The voice of the king echoes the analysis made by the ANC leadership – in its last NEC meeting, which was well articulated in the statement issued afterwards – at the core of the statement is that the corruption is an antithesis of the revolution and, as such, as a revolutionary organistion, the ANC must fight against it within its ranks, within the private sector and within the society. Hence, we resolved that any leader who is facing courts on accusations of corruption should step aside. So the king, as per my understanding, is calling for renewal of morality and calls the ANC to act and act decisively."