Ramaphosa considering king Dalindyebo pardon

Ramaphosa considering king Dalindyebo pardon

FILE PICTURE: Abathembu King Buyelekhaya Zwelinbanzi Dalindyebo. Picture: Refilwe Modise

Justice minister Michael Masutha has recommended pardoning the abaThembu king.

AbaThembu king Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo may be released early from prison following reports that the presidency received a recommendation from Justice minister Michael Masutha to pardon the king.

The abaThembu king, who started serving his sentence in December 2015, is currently serving time for assault, arson, and defeating the ends of justice.

Ramaphosa is reportedly considering the recommendation.

This follows an appeal from the Traditional Leaders of South Africa, who called on the ANC and the president to release Dalindyebo from prison earlier in the year.

Dalindyebo was sentenced in the Eastern Cape High Court in 2009 to 15 years in jail for seven counts of kidnapping, three of assault, three for arson and one each for defeating the ends of justice and culpable homicide. In 2015 the Supreme court of Appeals reduced his sentence by three years.

(Compiled by Gopolang Chawane)

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