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Daily Maverick: Analysis: King Dalindyebo's disregard for customary law is the problem, not his conviction
19 Jan 2016 - 15:45
"The recent judgment of the SCA confirming the conviction of King BuyelekhayaDalindyebo and upholding a sentence of 12 years imprisonment has been strongly criticised by supporters of the king. The most vocal critics have been former President of CONTRALESA, Phatekile Holomisa, and Thami kaPlaatjie, advisor to the Minister of Human Settlements, Lindiwe Sisulu. Both Holomisa and kaPlaatjie claim the judgment inappropriately uses 'western law' to judge and condemn the king's actions. Their claim is that this undermines customary law and does not take it seriously as a system of law on an equal footing with 'western law'. These arguments overlook one very crucial point, which is that it is the conduct of Dalindyebo himself that undermines customary law."