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King Dalindyebo's defence believes he could avoid jail time

King Dalindyebo’s lawyer says the court's decision means a judge's persuaded there's merit in their petition.

AbaThembu King Buyelekhaya Zwelibanzi Dalindyebo. Picture: xhosaculture.com

CAPE TOWN - AbaThembu King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo's legal team believes the latest twists in his case could see the controversial monarch avoid jail time.

The Mthatha High Court yesterday granted an application for his bail to be extended until Wednesday.

The king - who was meant to begin his 12-year jail term yesterday - has petitioned Justice Minister Michael Masutha to re-open his case.

The King's lawyer Zehir Omar believes the court's decision means a judge has been persuaded there's merit in their petition.

"It means the minister of justice must and will consider this matter and will refer the matter back to the Mthatha High Court to adjudicate on the issue."

Omar says he's requested a meeting with Masutha as early next week to clarify their point.

In the petition, Dalindyebo's legal team claims the judge who convicted the king should have appointed another assessor when one of his assistants died during the trial in 2009.

The department says it is looking at the arguments raised in the document.