South African King begins 12 year jail sentence

South African King begins 12 year jail sentence

A South African king who is a nephew of the late Nelson Mandela has begun a 12-year prison sentence for kidnapping, assault and arson.

King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo reported to prison after his legal attempts to overturn his conviction failed.

The case against King Dalindyebo was related to a dispute he had with some of his subjects about two decades ago.He comes from the Thembu clan, to which Mr Mandela, South Africa’s first black president, belonged.

He is the first monarch to be jailed in South Africa since minority rule ended in 1994.King Dalindyebo, 51, ascended to the throne in 1989, and has about 700,000 subjects.

South Africa has 10 officially recognised monarchs representing different ethnic groups and clans. They play a largely ceremonial role, and attend to minor disputes within their communities.  Read more

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