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AbaThembu Royal family apologises to Zuma

Sunday 14 July 2013 06:43

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AbaThembu King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo on Wednesday told the media that President Zuma flushed people like condoms.

AbaThembu King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo on Wednesday told the media that President Zuma flushed people like condoms. (SABC)

The AbaThembu Royal House apologised to President Jacob Zuma on Saturday after comments made by its King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo and said his removal as King was not yet finalised.

On Wednesday, Dalindyebo told the media that the President flushed people like condoms.

His statement came after Zuma's latest cabinet reshuffle on Tuesday in which he axed Communications Minister Dina Pule, Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale and Co-operative Governance Minister Richard Baloyi.

The royal house has described Dalindyebo's comments as disrespectful insults and completely dissociated itself from the comments.

"The royal family for the Kingdom of AbaThembu is very disappointed with his latest disrespectful statements that he expressed to the President of the Republic of South Africa," family spokesperson Nkosi Daludumo Mtirara said in a statement.

"... the royal family for the Kingdom of AbaThembu wish to extend [an] apology to the State President for finding himself a victim of disrespectful insults from our nephew, child and cousin."

Mtirara said despite the resolution taken on September 29, 2012 to immediately remove Dalindyebo as King, the family was unable to "completely dissociates itself from those extremely crazy" comments he made towards Zuma.

He said Dalindyebo's fate had not yet been finalised as the family was waiting for government to implement its resolution before the family can begin the process to determine his fate, Mtirara said.

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