King Dalindyebo not going to jail yet - report

OCTOBER 3, 2015

Abathembu King Buleyekhaya Dalindyebo is going to the Constitutional Court to challenge the Supreme Court of Appeal after it sentenced him to 12 years in jail, broadcaster eNCA reported on Friday.

His bail was extended by 14 days and he would not start serving his prison sentence on Saturday. He would argue that he acted in accordance with traditional law.

The Supreme Court of Appeal on Thursday replaced his 15-year jail sentence with a 12-year one, News24 reported. Dalindyebo succeeded only in having his conviction on a charge of culpable homicide and the accompanying 10-year jail sentence set aside. The SCA dismissed the rest of his appeal.

In 2009, the Eastern Cape High Court found him guilty on seven counts of kidnapping, three of arson, three of assault, two of defeating the ends of justice, and one of culpable homicide. 

His crimes included burning down the homes of three of his subjects for allegedly violating tribal rules, and ordering the father of a man his subjects had killed not to report the matter to police.