Calls for Dalindyebo to get a retrial

He was found guilty on 10 charges in 2009, including assault and kidnapping.

Former AbaThembu king, Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo in 2013. Picture: AFP.

CAPE TOWN - The Society for the Protection of Our Constitution has called for former AbaThembu king, Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo, to get a retrial.

He was found guilty on 10 charges in 2009, including assault and kidnapping and began serving his 12-year prison sentence in December last year.

The organisation says one of the two assessors in the trial - an expert on customary law - died and was never replaced.

Its secretary, Muhammed Vawda, says Dalindyebo should've been asked whether he wanted the assessor to be replaced or not.

"In cases where an assessor dies midstream in the case, the accused must be given the right to say whether he wants to continue in the absence of the deceased accessor or if he wants the accessor to be replaced."

Yesterday, the group said Dalindyebo's constitutional rights were flouted when his trial started.