No arrest warrant for King Dalindyebo – police

2014-08-06 09:23

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No warrant of arrest has been issued for the abaThembu king, Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo, Eastern Cape police said.

“We have ... received no warrant of arrest to execute in this case,” Brigadier Marinda Mills said.

“The procedural matters regarding the appeal are handled by the National Prosecuting Authority.”

The NPA did not take phone calls and its spokesperson, Nathi Mncube, responded in a text message, saying: “We don’t deal with warrants; ask the SAPS [SA Police Service].”

In 2009, Dalindyebo was convicted and sentenced to 15 years in prison for culpable homicide, assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm, arson and kidnapping. He has been out on bail.

The Star yesterday reported that Dalindyebo failed to process paperwork for the Supreme Court of Appeal and the case was thrown out.

“According to communication between the registrar of the high court in Mthatha and the registrar of the Supreme Court of Appeal, the file was returned to the Mthatha registrar because the appeal had lapsed,” justice department spokesperson Mthunzi Mhaga was quoted as saying.

“It is up to the NPA and the police to take the matter forward because on record there is no appeal at the Supreme Court of Appeal.

Today, the newspaper quoted Mncube as saying: “As the NPA, we also appealed the conviction on culpable homicide. The warrant of arrest has not been issued and will not be issued until the issue of the NPA appeal is resolved.”

He did not elaborate on this.

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