South African King Dalindyebo begins jail term over dispute with subjects
A South African king who is a nephew of the late president 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 the monarch was related to a dispute with some of his subjects about two decades ago. King Dalindyebo is the first monarch to be jailed in post-apartheid South Africa. The 51-year-old king ascended to the throne in 1989, and has about 700,000 subjects. South Africa has 10 officially recognized monarchs representing different ethnic groups and clans. They play a largely ceremonial role, and attend to minor disputes within their communities.
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