Today I met with AbaThembu King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo at Bumbane in the Eastern Cape.
I met with the King to discuss the principles and Constitution of the DA given his interest in joining the party.
King Dalindyebo said he believed that the DA’s brand of clean government and delivery was needed in the Eastern Cape.
We discussed a number of matters including the proposed Traditional Courts Bill to which the DA has a number of objections relating to its constitutionality.
King Dalindyebo was clear that, while the Constitution recognizes traditional leadership, it is paramount that traditional leaders respect and abide by the Constitution. To that end, the King agreed that unconstitutional provisions in the Bill regarding gender needed to be amended.
I was upfront with King Dalindyebo with regards to some of the controversies that have surrounded him. I made it clear that the DA expects its members to conduct themselves in line with the party’s values and principles.
On that basis King Dalindyebo took up membership of the DA today.
Athol Trollip, MPL
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