Cogta ECape: Thandisizwe Diko is a chief, not a king

The Cooperative Governance Department in the Eastern Cape provides clarity on Thandisizwe Diko's monarchy. Their records show he's a recognised Chief of the amaBhaca and not a king. Courtesy #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - Eastern Cape Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs department is yet to decide on what action to take against Thandisizwe Diko for calling himself King of the amaBhaca.

A spokesperson for the department says he is a chief and not a king.

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According to Mamkeli Ngam, the department is waiting on directives from the MEC who Ngam says, is aware of the claim by Thandisizwe Diko.

"The MEC is applying his mind as to what is going to happen. It is a matter that is concerning to us as a department and as a province. We will take the direction from him."

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"Our official records tell us that he is not a king, he is a recognised chief", Ngam added.

Two tenders, amounting to an R125-million contract, were awarded to Royal Bhaca, a company owned by Thandisizwe Diko, the husband of presidential spokesperson, Khusela Diko.

He says he did nothing illegal in the controversial deal with the Gauteng Department of Health.