- The Presidency has confirmed that Ramaphosa is considering the request to pardon AbaThembu King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo
- Traditional leaders had previously lobbied for his release
- Correctional Service Justice minister Michael Masutha also recommended Dalindyebo's release
Cyril Ramaphosa is reportedly considering pardoning AbaThembu King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo, following a recommendation from Correctional Service Justice Minister Michael Masutha.
Dalindyebo has been detained in prison for assault, arson, and defeating the ends of justice.
He began serving his sentence in December 2015.
He was sentenced in 2009 to 15 years in prison. The sentenced stemmed from charges of three counts of assault, three of arson, one for obstructing the ends of justice and seven counts of kidnapping. In 2015, however, the Supreme Court of Appeals shortended his sentence by 3 years.
Masutha's recommendation to the president to release Dalindyebo comes in the wake of a request from the Traditional Leaders of South Africa. The group had asked the ruling party to release Dalindyebo several months ago, according to The Citizen.
The Presidency confirmed the report this morning, saying that Ramaphosa would take a look at the recommendation, but did not yet say when Dalindyebo would in fact be released.
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Additionally, the traditional leaders lobbying on Dalindyebo's behalf gave Cyril Ramaphosa an ultimatum, according to The South African. They said if he did not release the AbaThembu king, then the ANC would forfeit the votes of the leaders and their subjects, Briefly.co.za has gathered.
The leaders said that Dalindyebo had been convicted under the law, but pointed out that the law also gave the president the power to pardon prisoners.
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