A group of AbaThembu chiefs has submitted a range of petitions to the National Council of Provinces in Parliament on what the group regards as prejudice against the Thembuland royal empire.

Emperor Thembu The Second, Votani Majola, says people from Thembuland are being marginalised when it comes to housing, land, socio-economic development and the justice system.

Majola has also expressed views on the AbaThembu King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo who has been jailed since 2015 for crimes including assault and arson.

“The issue of Dalindyebo has never been a criminal trial, has always been a political prosecution for reasons that are not clear to me. I think fighting with ANC. I don’t know what they are fighting. But to cut a long story short, Dalindyebo must be released. He should never have been there in the first place.”

A representative of the National House of Traditional Leaders, Abraham Sithole, has refuted Majola’s claims that Dalindyebo is not the King of the entire AbaThembu tribe.

“Maybe to further clarify that AbaThembu fall under kingship which is held by acting king Azinathi who is the child of the king Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo who is currently in the correctional services centre.”