King Dalindyebo must hand himself over today

The abaThembu king has until close of business today to hand himself over to correctional services.

AbaThembu King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo in 2013. Picture: AFP.

CAPE TOWN - AbaThembu King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo has until close of business today to hand himself over to Correctional Services.

King Dalindyebo has been sentenced to 12 years in jail after a failed appeal at the Constitutional Court.

In 2009, he was convicted on a range of charges relating to the assault of his subjects and the torching of their homes in the early 1990s.

The Congress of Traditional Leaders of South Africa (Contralesa) says it's no longer petitioning President Jacob Zuma to pardon King Dalindyebo.

Contralesa's General Secretary Xolile Ndevu says they're now requesting a short extension of up to 14 days from the president.

"Whether it's seven or 14 days, he must just be given a little extension to consult his nation."

The reduction of King Dalindyebo's original 15-year sentence to 12 was upheld by Constitutional Court during his application to have the sentence set aside.