The AbaThembu clan has warned that they will boycott the 8 May elections unless President Ramaphosa gives their king, Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo, a presidential pardon. Dalindyebo has been in prison since 2015.
King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo has many calling for his release, putting President Ramaphosa in a tricky situation. This is likely one of the most difficult and controversial decisions he has to make.
The AbaThembu clan threatens to boycott the upcoming election if their leader isn't released from prison, according to eNCA. They will withhold their votes if they don't get what they're demanding.
The King is currently serving 12 years in jail for arson, assault, kidnapping and defeating the ends of justice. He began serving his sentence in December 2015.
Members of the clan say they have forgiven their king for what he has done.
This threat by the AbaThembu clan comes just over a week after the Presidency has confirmed that Ramaphosa is considering the request to pardon Dalindyebo.
Correctional Service Justice minister, Michael Masutha, has also recommended Dalindyebo's release
A few days after the Presidency's announcement, the Land Party has vowed to shut South Africa down if Ramaphosa fails to pardon Dalindyebo, as reported on by Briefly.co.za.
According to Eyewitness News, the Congress of Tradition Leaders of South Africa is also keeping a close eye on the matter. The entity was the first to call for Dalindyebo's release.
Additionally, the traditional leaders lobbying on Dalindyebo's behalf gave 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.
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