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22 January 2010

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Convicted king plans independent state - 23 December
The king of the abaThembu, facing a 15-year jail sentence for a string of violent crimes, has hit on a novel solution to his legal woes : he plans to form an independent state. The announcement was made yesterday in a statement issued by his representative, lawyer Votani Majola. - IOL website

Clan wants independent state - 24 December
The AbaThembu clan in the Eastern Cape province, which former President Nelson Mandela is a part of, intends to recuse itself as part of South Africa and form its own independent state next year. In the process the clan wants to stake claim on the entire KwaZulu-Natal, Western Cape, Northern Cape and certain parts of the Free State and Gauteng provinces. The lawyer of the convicted AbaThembu King, Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo, officially notified President Jacob Zuma's office about the withdrawal of the tribe from the South African government. In a document which is in possession of The Witness, Dalindyebo's lawyer, Votani Majola, states that the official withdrawal notice will be officially served on January 6 next year in the national Parliament. - News24 website

Can the abaThembu secede from South Africa? - 7 January
Can those sad folks living in the Afrikaner quasi-homeland of Orania (where they even have a monument to the Koeksister!) secede from South Africa if they decide they do not like to be governed by the ANC government anymore and would rather do Volkspele and play Jukskei (a game so tedious that it makes bowls look as exciting as Formula 1 racing) in their own country with their own Constitution? For that matter, can any other group living within the borders of South Africa who disagree with the policies of the ANC government decide to break away and form their own country? - Pierre de Vos on the Constitutionally Speaking blog

AbaThembu plan to secede 'is not a crime' - 22 January
South African law enforcement agencies have put the onus on politicians to sort out the AbaThembu secession from the country because, they say, no crime has been committed. The office of Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa , the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigations – better known as the Hawks – and the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), all said the matter remained out of their jurisdiction for now. They said that AbaThembu King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo and his lawyer, Votani Majola, should be met by politicians. "Secession is a political matter", NPA spokesperson Mthunzi Mhlaga said yesterday. - Dispatch Online website

ANC rejects secession idea - 21 January
The ANC in the Eastern Cape has called on members of the AbaThembu clan and the broader society in the province to distance themselves from a "divisive and misleading so-called secession from South Africa" idea. "We remain strongly opposed to this misleading and ambitious idea by King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo's so-called Justice Forum led by Votani Majola, which seeks to secede from South Africa," it said in a statement on Thursday. - News24 website

'Get real, Thembuland is here' - 24 January
South Africans need to accept the secession of the AbaThembu Tribe, Votani Majola, lawyer for King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo, said on Sunday. "AbaThembu Tribe have seceded from South Africa. The sooner the Nation -aligns with this reality and start preparing to form the State of Thembuland the better," said Majola. - IOL website

King’s appeal fight takes precedence - 25 January
The much-anticipated discussion on the secession of AbaThembu from South Africa to form their independent Thembuland state yesterday turned into consideration of a battle plan to assist King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo in his court appeal and raise funds for the case. The media was barred from the meeting in Bumbane Great Place while the 60-odd people, including chiefs and Thembus in general, gathered in a small tent. A source in the meeting said the issue of the secession, although it was the second item on the agenda, was never discussed. - Dispatch Online website

Thembus 'secede' - 26 January
The AbaThembu nation is no longer part of South Africa, according to King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo’s controversial lawyer Votani Majola after he served a secession notice on Parliament. Majola said yesterday the nation was no longer part of South Africa and that the ANC-led government would have no say in the new independent State, which would be headed by Dalindyebo. - Dispatch Online website

Royal rumpus over 'crazy' AbaThembu claim - 26 January
Eastern Cape monarchs and the Zulu kingdom have broken their silence and dismissed AbaThembu’s territorial claim as "ridiculous". One kingdom has even written to parliament to object to the AbaThembu secession. This comes after AbaThembu King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo's lawyer Votani Majola served secession papers to parliament on January 14, declaring their independence from South Africa. - Weekend Post website

Secession bid in South Africa : is this our Mad King George or a looming constitutional crisis? - 1 February
We are, most of us in this fair land, subjects of the AbaThembu kingdom – according to a declaration of secession presented to Parliament recently. If this comes as a surprise to the good folk of KwaZulu-Natal, the Eastern Cape, Western Cape, Northern Cape and parts of Gauteng and the Free State – who are all claimed as part of the independent AbaThembu kingdom – it’s been a hugely compelling issue in the Eastern Cape recently, not least for the AbaThembus whose most famous son is Nelson Mandela. - Grub Street blog

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