AbaThembu King
AbaThembu King

The king made the statement after Minister of Justice and Correctional Services Michael Masutha dismissed his petition for a retrial.

AbaThembu King
AbaThembu King

Dalindyebo said sending him to jail would be a violation of the rights he has as a king.

He said that as a king he has rights not only protected by the Constitution but also by the international law.
Dalindyebo was found guilty in 2009 on charges of arson and assault.

The king disciplined a group of people by torching their homes, administering corporal punishment and kidnapping the family of a man who failed to present himself before his court.

The matter relates to incidents that took place between June 1995 and January 1996 on his farm near Mthatha, Eastern Cape Province.

In October this year, the Supreme Court of Appeals sentenced him to a 12-year imprisonment.

Earlier this month, the king approached Masutha, Minister of Justice and Correstional Services, requesting the reopening of his case after his attempt to have his conviction set aside was struck down by the Supreme Court of Appeal.

But Masutha turned down his petition on Tuesday, saying: “I am unable to find anything contained in the aforesaid petition which constitutes further evidence… Therefore I am obliged to dismiss this petition”.

But Dalindyebo remained defiant, saying he would not surrender himself to correstional officials.

The king said that besides the petition he sent to Masutha, there is also the presidential pardon, and that too must be considered before he is imprisoned.

Dalindyebo has been granted an extension of his bail conditions until December 30 by the Mthatha High Court. His legal team has filed an application in the court for the king’s bail to be extended yet again.

The king insists that he was wrongly convicted. He was granted an urgent court order to bring an action against the State, the National Prosecution Authority (NPA) and the Judge in his trial. The case will be heard on Wednesday afternoon.

Dalindyebo has been AbaThembu king since 1989. The AbaThembu are one of the handful of nations and population groups which speak Xhosa in South Africa. The land in which they live is historically known as Thembuland. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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