King Dalindyebo granted bail extension

He was given a 12-year sentence for kidnapping, assault, arson and defeating the ends of justice.

AbaThembu King Buyelekhaya Zwelibanzi Dalindyebo. Picture: xhosaculture.com

CAPE TOWN - AbaThembu King Byelekhaya Dalindyebo's bail has been extended until Thursday, to allow him to file an appeal in the Constitutional Court.

The ruling was handed down in the Mthatha High Court earlier today.

Family spokesperson Mfundo Mtirara says, "We are very happy and this gives us more hope that fight that we are going to approach, we are going to succeed [in]. We are happy as this makes more confident that the judicial system can be fair sometimes."

Two weeks ago, the Supreme Court of Appeals handed down a sentence of 12 years in jail for kidnapping, assault, arson and defeating the ends of justice, but set aside his culpable homicide conviction.

It relates to crimes against his subjects in the 1990s.

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