Dalindyebo's 2nd bid to appeal convictions 'unlikely to succeed’

The AbuThembu king is now taking his case to the Constitutional Court, to appeal his convictions.

FILE: AbaThembu King Buyelekhaya Zwelibanzi Dalindyebo. Picture: xhosaculture.com

CAPE TOWN - Legal expert Pierre de Vos says AbaThembu King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo is not likely to succeed in yet another bid to appeal his recent convictions.

Dalindyebo was sentenced to 12 years in prison by the Supreme Court of Appeal last week after he approached the court to have his convictions, including charges of kidnapping, assault and arson, set aside.

The court overturned his culpable homicide conviction and reduced his sentence from 15 to 12 years in prison.

The AbuThembu king is now taking his case to the Constitutional Court.

But de Vos believes the king's claims of an unfair trial will not hold up in court.

"This case is basically open and shut, not particularly a difficult case. I cannot imagine that the Constitutional Court is going to say that some traditional leaders, or all traditional leaders, are not subject to the same criminal laws as everybody else."

Meanwhile, the AbaThembu royal family has halted talks about a possible successor to Dalindyebo pending his Constitutional Court appeal.

The convictions relate to when he ordered the assault of several of his subjects and the torching of their homes.