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King Dalindyebo has been a 'nightmare' - prison source

JANUARY 18, 2016
King Dalindyebo has been a 'nightmare' - prison source

A well-placed source within Correctional Services has told News24 that AbaThembu King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo has been refusing to wear a prison uniform since he started serving his sentence on December 30.

The source said Dalindyebo was a "headache" for the correctional service wardens. He said Dalindyebo only wanted to eat food prepared by his family.

"He has been a nightmare. He refuses to cooperate," the source told News24. 

He said Dalindyebo was wearing T-shirts and jeans while in prison. The king was also housed in a single cell.

This comes after the Eastern Cape’s weekly newspaper Saturday Dispatch’s exposé of how Dalindyebo was receiving royal treatment at the East London Correctional Centre, including a "diet fit for a king".

The report said Dalindyebo was allowed his own bar fridge, kettle and royal menu. The source denied Dalindyebo had his own bar fridge and kettle, saying he had requested a bar fridge as an essential to store his special dietary food. "He has not been eating prison food. He only eats what is prepared by his wife," the source said.

Dalindyebo’s spokesperson, Mthunzi Ngonyama, told News24 the royal family was in the process of purchasing a bar fridge and a TV for Dalindyebo while in prison.


"He has no appetite. There is a menu that he is supposed to have. The menu is recommended by his doctors. The royal family is planning to buy a TV and bar fridge. He needs the fridge to store his food. He has a diet and he needs to make sure that it is fresh.


"Other prisoners share a TV and he does not have one in his cell. The royal family want him to keep abreast of current affairs as he is a King. This practise is not unique to the King,” Ngonyama told News24.


Dalindyebo was readmitted to hospital after he relapsed. Ngonyama told News24 that Dalindyebo was rushed to an East London private hospital on Sunday morning after he fainted from complications with a stomach ulcer. He was first admitted to Life St Dominic’s hospital on January 8.


Dalindyebo started serving his 12-year sentence last month after unsuccessfully trying several legal avenues to avoid jail.

His crimes involved the treatment he meted out to some of his subjects in 1995 and 1996.