Council of Churches to picket outside Parliament calling for King Dalindyebo's release

APRIL 1, 2016

Jailed Abathembu King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo has found support in the Council of Churches South Africa International, which is expected to hand over a petition outside Parliament on Friday calling for his release.

King Dalindyebo is currently serving a 12-year sentence at the East London Maximum Correctional Centre for charges ranging from kidnapping, assault, arson to defeating ends of justice.

It is the Council's arguement that the King should not have been jailed as the law relating to his crimesonly came into force in 2005, while the alleged crimes were committed back in 1995.

“The crimes he allegedly committed were in 1995, the law he was convicted on was only promulgated in 2005. There were no eye witnesses, the people who actually committed the crimes were inciting him. We have never heard of a kinf being dethroned. Customary law allows for a king to be handed over to his nation if something is done incorrectly,” reporteldy said Mbulelo Mvubu, who is leading the campaign to set the King free.

“Roman Dutch Law allows for a king to be protected like all other presiding officers, if he made an error he should be warned, as a first offender he should never be sent to jail.”

The council, thus, wants the Speaker of Parliament, Baleka Mbete, to intervene and set King Dalindyebo free with immediate effect.
The AbaThembu Royal Family though have not endorsed the campaign.
The AbaThembu royal council in January confirmed King Dalindyebo's 23 year-old son, Prince Azenathi Zanelizwe Dalindyebo, as acting king while his father serves his sentence.