Abathembu king to spend 12 years in jail

Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo lost his bid to appeal earlier convictions which included kidnapping and assault.

Abathembu king Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo (centre). Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - Abathembu king Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo is going to jail after an attempt to have his conviction set aside was struck down by the Supreme Court of Appeal.

Dalindyebo had approached the court to appeal his conviction for a string of offences, including kidnapping and defeating the ends of justice.

The matter dates back to the 1990s.

The tribal leader has been sentenced to 12 years imprisonment.

He's required to present himself to correctional services officials within the next 48 hours.

The Supreme Court of Appeal found that he ordered some of his subjects to be disciplined by having their homes torched.

They were also kidnapped and assaulted.

The appeal court, however, set aside Dalinyebo's culpable homicide conviction.

The matter relates to incidents that took place between June 1995 and January 1996 on his farm near Mthatha.

In 2009 he was convicted and sentenced to 15 years behind bars.


The Democratic Alliance (DA) says the king's party membership has been revoked after his conviction for a string of offences was upheld by the supreme court of appeal.

The party's Refiloe Ntsekhe says, "The DA is making sure that we go through our records to ensure that we align with our constitution to terminate his membership, because anyone found guilty is no longer compatible with being a member of the DA because we uphold the rule of law."