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A last-minute court date for the AbaThembu King today

The king will argue for a last-minute extension to his bail after his petition for a retrial was dismissed.

AbaThembu King Buyelekhaya Zwelibanzi Dalindyebo. Picture: xhosaculture.com
Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo,King Dalindyebo,AbaThembu King
Local Politics

JOHANNESBURG - AbaThembu King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo will today argue in court for a last-minute extension to his bail, after his petition for a retrial was dismissed.

Justice Minister Michael Masutha announced yesterday that King Dalindyebo and his legal team failed to bring new evidence to his attention, which would have warranted a new trial.

The controversial monarch was found guilty of numerous crimes dating back to the late 1990s, including arson, kidnapping, assault and defeating the ends of justice.

King Dalindyebo is supposed to hand himself over to the Mthatha Correctional Centre today, to begin serving his 12-year jail sentence.

But in his latest attempt to avoid this, he's filed an urgent application to have his bail extended, a matter expected to be heard in the Mthatha High Court this afternoon.

The justice minister says, “It is not part of my function in this application to consider and decide whether the further evidence the applicant now seeks to give has become available to him, since he exhausted his other remedies.”

The king's legal representative Zahir Omar says they'll argue for his bail to be extended.

“I will argue that the court extend the release of King Dalindyebo on bail pending the complete adjudication of part B."

The Eastern Cape leg of the Congress of Traditional Leaders of South Africa (Contralesa) has applied for a presidential pardon on behalf of Dalindyebo, saying customary laws were ignored.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)

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