South Africa's Abathembu King Back In Prison

The Correctional Services Department has confirmed that Abathembu King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo has returned to the East London Correctional Centre from hospital. The king spent several weeks in a private hospital after going on a hunger strike.

Dalindyebo is serving 12 years for kidnapping, arson and defeating the ends of justice.

Department Spokesperson, Manelisi Wolela, says after careful examination, a medical team declared Dalindyebo fit to return to prison.

Wolela says, “We need to sensitise and inform people that the standard practice in Correctional Services, that anyone who has been granted a particular privilege is not a permanent feature. But the Department, together with its medical practitioners and health care workers, continuously monitor what is going on, and advise on what steps need to be taken. And in this instance it was appropriate for him to return to our facility.”

On Tuesday, the AbaThembu traditional leaders led a march to the Union Buildings calling on President Jacob Zuma to pardon and release the imprisoned monarch. 

The leaders, from various towns and villages of the Eastern Cape, delivered the petition to the Presidency at the Union Buildings.