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Dalindyebo faces jail if bail extension fails

The King’s lawyers will today attempt to apply for yet another bail extension.

AbaThembu King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo. Picture:Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN

CAPE TOWN - In just over a week, AbaThembu King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo must report to correctional services officials to start serving a 12-year jail sentence.

That's unless his application for a bail extension is successful.

The King was convicted and sentenced on charges ranging from kidnapping to arson relating to offences committed in the 1990s.

It would seem there's been no volunteer to serve Dalindyebo's 12-year jail term as allowed in traditional law.

Even if there had been, that practice would not necessarily apply within the justice system.

It means Dalindyebo's only hope is an appeal at the Constitutional Court.

Today the King's lawyers will be in the Eastern Cape High Court in Mthatha to apply for another bail extension.

Dalindyebo was last Thursday given 14 days to hand himself over to police to begin serving his sentence.