King Dalindyebo has stomach ulcer - family

2016-01-18 12:25

Johannesburg – AbaThembu King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo never was on a hunger strike - he was not eating because he had a stomach ulcer, family spokesperson Mthunzi Ngonyama told News24.

“He needs a special diet for his condition and it’s not uncommon for a prisoner to be given a special diet. He was unable to stomach prison food and that is why he ended up in hospital in the first place,” he said. 

The royal family was forced to provide Dalindyebo’s meals while in prison. Dalindyebo developed health complications because of the medication for his stomach ulcer.

Dalindyebo was first admitted to Life St Dominic’s Hospital in East London on January 8 and discharged on Friday, January 15.

Correctional Services spokesperson Zama Feni said Dalindyebo was readmitted early on Sunday morning after his condition worsened.

Ngonyama said Dalindyebo fainted due to complications involving his medication.

"We were told that the prison warders rushed him to hospital on Sunday morning at 1am.”

Dalindyebo started serving his 12-year sentence last month after unsuccessfully trying several legal avenues to avoid jail.

In 2009, Dalindyebo was sentenced to 15 years in prison for culpable homicide, assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm, arson, and kidnapping.

He was granted bail pending the outcome of his appeal to the Supreme Court of Appeal. In October last year, the SCA set aside his culpable homicide conviction and reduced his sentence to 12 years.

His crimes involved the treatment he meted out to some of his subjects in 1995 and 1996.

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