Indebted Xhosa king seeks more legal aid

2013-07-28 09:46
Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo (File, AP)

Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo (File, AP)

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Johannesburg - Thembu King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo has applied for state financial assistance in his appeal against a 15-year prison sentence despite already owing Legal Aid South Africa R80 000 in fees.

According to the Sunday Times, Legal Aid has issued the king with summons and obtained a default judgment to force him to repay his debt.

But the Xhosa monarch says the state is “entitled” to fund his case – despite him earning an annual government salary of R978 321.

He is appealing a criminal conviction and 15 years’ imprisonment for a string of charges ranging from kidnapping and assault to arson, culpable homicide and defeating the ends of justice, reported the newspaper. He was convicted in 2009 and granted leave to appeal in the Eastern Cape High Court in Mthatha.

Dalindyebo said this week negotiations involving his R80 000 debt had reached a stalemate because he had fired the Legal Aid lawyers.

Outspoken critic

Dalindyebo fell foul of traditional leader structures including Contralesa in July this year when he was called on to stop criticising President Jacob Zuma, according to the SABC. The Thembu king had arrived with a memorandum for Zuma, whom he allegedly described as a liar who only thinks of himself.

Helen Zille said last week that Dalindyebo had been warned in a meeting with Eastern Cape DA leader Athol Trollip would be in danger of losing his DA membership if he loses his appeal against his criminal conviction.

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