Contralesa set to look to Zuma to help Dalindyebo

Two months ago the Supreme Court of Appeal sentenced the AbaThembu King to 12 years in jail.

FILE: AbaThembu King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo. Picture: AFP.

CAPE TOWN - The Congress of Traditional Leaders of South Africa (Contralesa) is considering asking President Jacob Zuma to grant clemency for AbaThembu King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo.

Dalindyebo lost his final legal avenue this month when the Constitutional Court dismissed his application for leave to appeal his conviction for a string of offences.

Two months ago, the Supreme Court of Appeal sentenced him to 12 years in jail, reduced from 15, for arson, kidnapping and defeating the ends of justice.

Authorities expect the King to report to prison next week.

Contralesa's Mwelo Nonkonyana says the organisation will try to assist Dalindyebo.

"We must make a presentation to his excellency, the President of the Republic of South Africa, Jacob Zuma to consider clemency. I think that's the only legal avenue that we see."

Nonkonyana says, however, leaders have to be aware court decisions are final.

"As traditional leaders, we believe that we must respect the law, and that the law has taken its own course. Therefore we must accept the verdict so everyone know that every Tom, Dick and Harry in South Africa is bound by law."