Uncertainty over when Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo will be discharged

On Sunday, he was admitted to hospital for a second time since starting to serve a 12-year jail term.

Former abaThembu King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - It remains unclear when former abaThembu king Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo will be discharged from hospital.

On Sunday, Dalindyebo was admitted to hospital for a second time since starting to serve a 12-year jail term in December.

The former monarch was convicted of kidnapping, assault and arson relating to crimes against his subjects in the 1990s.

Dalindyebo was discharged from St Dominic's Hospital in East London last Thursday.

Two days later, he was back on a hospital bed, but this time at a different private facility.

Correctional Services Spokesperson Zama Feni says it's not clear when Dalindyebo will be discharged.

"That will be determined by the doctor, depending on his health. The doctor knows better than anybody else."

Dalindyebo's adviser, Langalibalele Ngonyama, last week revealed the former king was suffering from chronic ulcers, depression and loss of appetite.

The former king has also refused to wear prison uniform and eat prison food.