Wednesday, 27 November 2019 18:55


The abaThembu King Buyelekhaya Zwelibanzi Dalindyebo has decided against attending the funeral of amaXhosa King Mpendulo Zwelonke Sigcawu to avoid causing “unnecessary distraction during this difficult moment” for the Xhosa nation.

Eastern Cape Premier Oscar Mabuyane’s spokesperson Mvusiwekhaya Sicwetsha confirmed there were “engagements between government and King Zwelibanzi on this matter in line with Section 44 of the Correctional Services Act”

Sicwetsha said it was the king’s decision not to attend the funeral proceedings,after the ANC’s Amathole regional secretary Thembalethu Ntutu called on the department of correctional services to grant Dalindyebo compassionate leave to attend the funeral

Sigcawu will be laid to rest during an official Category 1 funeral in Nqadu.

Dalindyebo is serving a 12-year sentence.

In 2009, the Eastern Cape High Court sentenced him to 15 years in jail for seven counts of kidnapping, three of assault, three of arson, and one each of defeating the ends of justice, culpable homicide, and defeating the ends of justice.

The Supreme Court of Appeal reduced off three years of his sentence in 2015, which he started serving in December that year.