Police called in as meeting disrupted
LUBULINI – Police had to be called as angry residents disrupted proceedings during a ceremony to announce the overseer of the Mamba clan on Saturday.
King Maja II of the Mamba clan died on April 14 this year.
At Ngudzeni last week the headmen (tindvuna) of the 10 chiefdoms under the jurisdiction of the Mamba king were introduced to the overseer and it was also announced that senior members of the clan would be going around the chiefdoms informing residents about the appointment of the overseer.
On Saturday senior members of the Mamba clan and widows of the late King Maja II convened a meeting at Ntuthwakati Umphakatsi to officially announce the overseer and further announce the new headman of the area. Butselwako Mavimbela, headman of the Mamba clan chaired the meeting.
As soon as Mavimbela made his opening remarks, residents rebuked him and told him to sit down since he is not the rightful indvuna of the clan.
According to some residents, Mavimbela was allegedly relieved of his duties by the late king before he passed away.
However, after the death of the king, Mavimbela allegedly once again resurfaced within the leadership structures of the Mamba clan
This angered most residents who were now used to the acting Indvuna, Meshack Mavimbela.
"Sit down! We will not listen to a meeting that is chaired by someone who was sacked by the king. Who reinstated you in the first place? If you continue standing in front of us, we will beat you up. We want the rightful headman to chair this meeting, not you," some of the residents shouted.
Butselwako ignored them and tried to proceed with his remarks.
This angered the residents who then surged towards him and tried to grab him.
Police, who had arrived in the morning, were quick to block residents and whisk Butselwako away from the crowd.
Armed with knobkerries and logs the residents followed the police as they escorted him to the police van.
After that showdown, residents demonstrated outside the umphakatsi while shouting ‘phansi! nga Mavimbela, phansi!’
They don’t know what they are doing - headman
LUBULINI - Butselwako Mavimbela, the unwanted Headman of the Mamba clan, said those questioning his legitimacy do not know what they are doing.
Speaking while being whisked away by the police from an angry crowd, Mavimbela said those against him must go to the senior members of the clan and find out the truth about his appointment.
"They do not know what they are doing. They must go to the senior members of the clan to find out about my appointment," he said.
He further stated that he was just working for his king and not clinging to power.
"I have a career so I have no reason to cling to power if I am unwanted," he added. Mavimbela is the Principal at Ntuthwakati Primary School.
After the showdown with residents, Mavimbela was driven away in a police van.
While he was being escorted away from the angry crowd, Mavimbela argued with the police saying he wanted to confront the man who had grabbed him earlier.
The police, however, advised him against returning to the crowd since most of the people were armed.
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