No one is above the law

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Constance Khu­malo Gaut­eng

Dalindyebo must definitely go to jail. He com­mit­ted crimes and tried to de­feat the ends of jus­tice, as he thought he was un­touch­able.

Twelve years is too le­nient for the crimes he com­mit­ted. Has the jus­tice sys­tem thought about his vic­tims and their fam­i­lies? Don’t they de­serve re­dress for the crimes com­mit­ted against them? Are we say­ing cer­tain peo­ple are above the law? The death of one of the asses­sors does not negate the facts of the crimes com­mit­ted. A re­trial would be a waste of time and tax­pay­ers’ money and could only be a de­lay­ing tac­tic that would pro­long the vic­tims’ sense of in­jus­tice.

There are hun­dreds of pris­on­ers who have been wrongly in­car­cer­ated, whose sit­u­a­tions war­rant the jus­tice sys­tem to look into them.

If Dalindyebo is par­doned, what mes­sage are we im­press­ing on crime vic­tims, and what mes­sage are we send­ing to the rest of the world?

Mongezi Free State

Yes, in South Africa no one is above the law.

Tshemok­golo Lim­popo

Yes, he must go. All are equal be­fore the law.

Maeko Mo­gale Gaut­eng

The king is a con­victed crim­i­nal and should serve his term in prison. He is a dis­grace to the South African and African king­ship by be­hav­ing in an un­royal and crim­i­nal man­ner.

S Madela East­ern Cape

No­body should be above the law. The king must face the mu­sic. Con­sti­tu­tional democ­racy does not of­fer any im­mu­nity against the pros­e­cu­tion of kings, the pres­i­dent or whoso­ever. We should think about the vic­tims of his ha­rass­ment too – they need to see jus­tice be­ing served, then they can find clo­sure.

Nto­beko Li­bode, East­ern Cape

Some fam­i­lies lost their loved ones be­cause of his rule and his deeds. The prison is wait­ing for him ... let him go and serve his time.

Nomvume Ralar­ala Cape Town, Western Cape

The king shouldn’t go to jail. Peo­ple must be treated equally. Omar al-Bashir was sup­posed to have been ar­rested by the South African gov­ern­ment, but he was not. Min­ers were killed by po­lice in Marikana and no one went to jail. Re­cently, King Good­will Zwelithini was said to have fu­elled the xeno­pho­bic at­tacks in KwaZu­luNatal and an in­ves­ti­ga­tion was done, but noth­ing has been done.

Mzi Mban­jwa KwaZulu-Na­tal

In a coun­try that has sound laws, he must serve his sen­tence as any South African cit­i­zen who has breached the rule of law. But in a coun­try where the op­po­site to the above is the case, he can stay at home like Mr Shaik.

Fets Mokhethi Kim­ber­ley, North­ern Cape

The courts have ruled and I think we should re­spect that. If ev­ery­one is sup­port­ing him not to go to jail, what about the un­der­ly­ing crime it­self? Why was there a crim­i­nal case against him and why should such an ex­er­cise be found too harsh for him? Per­son­ally, I feel he should be man enough and go. A law-abid­ing chap like him should just do the right thing. He has done wrong – that’s why he has been put through the courts.

PHOTO: FELIX DLANGAMANDLA

GO­ING DOWN King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo dur­ing an in­ter­view with City Press. The king will have to serve his jail term af­ter the courts re­jected both his ap­peals

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