KING Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo of the Thembu provided the highlight of the DA’s biggest rally ever in the former Transkei when he told the crowd it was time for President Jacob Zuma to exit Mthatha so DA leader Helen Zille could enter.
And on Saturday, Economic Freedom Front leader Julius Malema was almost mobbed by one of the province’s largest election crowds.
Some 10 000 supporters greeted the former ANC Youth League president and now EFF commander-in-chief when he arrived at Mdantsane’s Sisa Dukashe Stadium.
In Mthatha, the AbaThembu king told about 1 300 excited people, many in traditional dress with beading, at Walter Sisulu University’s Zamukulungisa campus that Zille must save the Thembu and the country from Nkandla and Zuma.
The AbaThembu king arrived to a rapturous welcome, exchanged hugs with Zille and was presented with a blue DA beret by DA Eastern Cape leader Athol Trollip.
DA supporters ridiculed Zuma, singing: “Asoze aphele amandla, elilizwe lelama Democrats” (We will never tire, this land belongs to the Democrats), and “Asimfunu Zuma, ulawula ngobubhanxe’ South Africa” (We don’t want Zuma, he rules South Africa foolishly).
The king said South Africa thirsted after the DA’s politics of truth because it was tired of liars and traitors.
Explaining his recent and wellpublicised meeting with EFF leader Julius Malema, the king said he was not confused, as some might think.
He said he was a proud DA member, and had met Malema because the EFF leader had asked his permission to canvass for votes in his area and parties had to be allowed to canvass.
Addressing the Nkandla report, he said no-one should be attacked for saying a person who stole from the people was a thief.
Zille, accompanied by the party’s national and provincial top brass, including Nqaba Bhanga who recently defected from COPE, was welcomed with a human chain. Amid ululating, cheers and whistles, she showed off some dance moves. Referring to ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe’s comment in Mthatha, that the ANC was like a snake, Zille said: “President Jacob Zuma is the head of a snake, and we know that one must strike at the head of a snake with a weapon. “In a democracy, your vote is your weapon – not violence. Therefore, on 7th May, use your vote as your weapon to get rid of the snake.
“We all we know a snake represents Satan,” Zille said.
Zille called the SABC’s reasons for canning the party’s election adverts “ridiculous” and “crazy”.
“They are acting on instructions from the ANC.”
She mocked Zuma’s trademark “Umshini Wam” song, and reading her speech in Xhosa from a laptop, said: “We are all for education, not guns to shoot each other.”
Asked if Dalindyebo had consulted the DA prior to meeting Malema, Zille retorted: “Why should he? We believe in democracy. That’s the freedom we fought for. You can say whatever you like as long as it is not defamatory or harms the rights of a person.”
Trollip said of ANC Buffalo City regional leader Pumlani Mkolo, mired in a corruption scandal: “They have learnt those tricks from the president. Vote for trusted people. If you vote for a cat that’s in the bag, don’t be surprised when it scratches you,” said Trollip.
In East London Malema said he was sorry to the Eastern Cape people for leading “a misinformed campaign for the unceremonious removal of the province’s son of the soil” (Thabo Mbeki) in 2008. —