SA's Thembu King Dalindyebo to be jailed

JOHANNESBURG - A South African king is set to go to jail after the country's highest court threw out his bid to overturn a 12-year prison sentence.

Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo was convicted of kidnapping, assault and arson.

The Constitutional Court's rejection of his appeal bid means he has no option but to report to prison, says the BBC's Pumza Fihlani in Johannesburg.

King Dalindyebo comes from the Thembu ethnic group, to which anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela belonged.

He is the first monarch to be given a jail term since apartheid ended in 1994, and South Africa became a democracy.

The case was related to a dispute he had with some of his subjects more than two decades ago.

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