‘Dalindyebo’s constitutional rights were flouted’

Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo was found guilty on 10 charges in 2009, related to crimes against his subjects.

Former AbaThembu king, Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo. Picture: xhosaculture.com

CAPE TOWN - The Society for the Protection of Our Constitution says jailed Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo's constitutional rights were flouted when his trial started.

The former AbaThembu king was found guilty on 10 charges in 2009, related to crimes against his subjects.

He was sentenced to 15 years in prison, which was later reduced to 12 years on appeal.

The Society for the Protection of Our Constitution says there were technical flaws when Dalindyebo's trial began.

The organisation's Muhammed Vawda says one of the two assessors in the trial, an expert on customary law, died and was never replaced.

Vawda says by law, Dalindyebo should've been consulted whether he wanted the assessor to be replaced or not.

He says this was not done and the trial carried on with only one assessor, contravening Dalindyebo's constitutional right to a fair trial.