No one is above the law
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.
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.
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