AmaThembu King will attend Mandela’s funeral

FILE PICTURE: Abathembu King Buyelekhaya Zwelinbanzi Dalindyebo. Picture: Refilwe Modise

Controversial AmaThembu King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo will attend the funeral of the late former president Nelson Mandela in Qunu, Eastern Cape on Sunday.

Dalindyebo’s spokesman Chief Mfundo Mtirara confirmed on Saturday that the king would join thousands of mourners expected to gather for the funeral.

The village has seen an influx people paying homage to the Mandela family since Madiba’s death a week ago. Most residents who spoke to The Citizen expressed concern that they will not be given an opportunity to view Mandela’s body and attend his funeral.

“I want to attend the funeral tomorrow but I cannot because they told us that the funeral is for VIP people. Madiba was like a father to us. The organisers of the Mandela have let us down,” Mawetu Dyantyi said.

His sentiments were echoed by Madikane Mazwi who said Mandela was born and raised in the village therefore they deserve to go to the funeral.

“Why are they doing this to us?,” Mazwi asked.

“People in Pretoria and Gauteng were given an opportunity to go the Union Buildings and view his body. To add salt to injury, we were not given an opportunity and they are now denying us an opportunity to bury our father.”

But an elderly Solisa Tetani says not everyone attends the funeral of a king, adding that some will go others will not go.

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