‘King Dalindyebo hasn’t applied for a presidential pardon’

The Justice Department confirmed the Abathembu King has not applied for a presidential pardon.

FILE: AbaThembu King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Justice Department has confirmed convicted abaThembu King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo has not applied for a presidential pardon.

The Congress of Traditional Leaders of South Africa last week claimed King Dalindyebo would ask President Jacob Zuma for mercy.

King Dalindyebo has to start serving a 12-year prison sentence tomorrow after exhausting all legal avenues in desperate attempts to avoid jail.

He 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.

He was convicted in 2009 on a range of charges including arson and assault.

If the king fails to report to a police station tomorrow, a warrant for his arrest will be issued.