A South African traditional king from Nelson Mandelas Thembu ethnic group has begun a 12-year prison sentence for arson, kidnap and assault of his subjects, after a long battle to stay out of jail.
He was sentenced to 15 years in 2009, but in October the supreme court dropped the manslaughter charge and reduced his sentence to 12 years on appeal.
In 2009, the king was convicted of manslaughter, arson and assault charges for offences committed more than two decades ago.
Dalindyebo became king of the Thembu, a Xhosa ethnic group that boasted Mandela as its most prominent clan member, in 1989.
Two years ago the king publicly disparaged the president, Jacob Zuma, an ethnic Zulu, but later apologised.
AbaThembu King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo waits for the arrival of the former South African President Nelson Mandela’s casket at the Mthatha airport in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa, December 14, 2013.
A tribal king in South Africa faces lengthy jail time after being convicted of arson, kidnapping and other crimes in a case that highlighted tension between sovereignty of the state and…
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