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Opinion: What the EFF statement on King Dalindyebo really means

According to the South African constitution, everyone has the right to choose and vote for a political party of their choosing; yet, is it acceptable for tribal elders, churches, and other religious leaders to advise their people which party they must vote for?

The EFF has now issued the following statement on their Twitter account.

They first purchased him a car so he could rally the people of Abathembu to vote for the EFF, and now they act like they didn't bribe him to say those statements. They are pleased that he stated what he said, but they fail to disclose that as part of their agreement, they purchased him a car. That is really disappointing because they are not honest and trustworthy; they would not have bought him a car if they hadn't urged him to get his people to vote for the EFF. Were they going to write a statement about Tshepo from Chisanyama if he asked his buddies to vote for the EFF?

So, in short, the statement indicates that the EFF leadership has finally identified someone with the power to persuade his people to vote for the EFF. They are relieved that he agreed to assist them in their mission since his people will now follow their king's lead and vote for the EFF. They think it's a good approach because the other parties haven't done it, and because the EFF has, the Abathembu will almost certainly vote for them. "It's unusual for the royal family to take sides in politics," the king said, but he did this time, urging his people to vote for the EFF. Why?

The EFF offered to purchase him a car and everyone has a price, and he had no choice but to accept. He took the car and most of us lost respect for him because if a king can be paid, the nation is in bad hands.

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