King Dalindyebo still in hospital

2016-01-11 13:51
King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo (Picture: Felix Dlangamandla)

King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo (Picture: Felix Dlangamandla)

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Bloemfontein – AbaThembu King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo is still under medical supervision at St Dominic's hospital in East London, Correctional Services said on Monday.  

Spokesperson Manelisi Wolela said he could not divulge any information regarding the nature of Dalindyebo’s illness.  

"He is still in hospital, but his condition is a private matter and we are not allowed to divulge any information regarding offenders," he said.  

On Saturday, Economic Freedom Fighters leaders went to visit Dalindyebo at the hospital which is about 6km from the prison.

Dalindyebo was admitted on Friday night after embarking on a hunger strike since January 3, EFF leader Julius Malema said.  

"The hunger strike started on Sunday and he said he was waiting for this type of visit. Only now is he going to start eating."

Malema, along with members of the EFF executive, advised him to start eating again.

"The king has accepted that he will eat," Malema said.

Dalindyebo handed himself over at the Mthatha Correctional Centre after unsuccessfully trying several legal avenues to avoid jail.

On December 31 he was moved to the East London Maximum Correctional Centre. 

Dalindyebo is serving a 12-year sentence.

In 2009, he 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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