- Contralesa president Kgoshi Mokoena claims politics were at play when AbaThembu King Dalindyebo was sent to prison
- The traditional leader boss feels Buyelekhaya was punished for supporting the DA
- Mokoena feels that the decision to leave the ANC was the king's downfall
AbaThembu King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo was jailed for his decision to turn his back on the ruling party This is the opinion of Congress of Traditional Leaders of SA president Kgoshi Mathupa Mokeone, reports IOL.
The leader claims that the king's incarceration was politically motivated, explaining that:
“At some point, the king joined the DA and that did not go down well with the authorities in the government. One former minister of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Richard Baloyi) was sacked for refusing to take disciplinary action against King Dalindyebo.”
Briefly.co.za reported that President Cyril Ramaphosa had granted the king a remission on his sentence, allowing for his early release ahead of Christmas.
Now, his family intends to conduct a 'cleansing ceremony' before he resumes his place at the helm of the royal family.
Mokoena commented on the family's plight and the lack of state support for traditional leaders:
“We will apply for a presidential pardon and his sentence to be expunged. Traditional leaders did not get any guidance while the king was jailed. We are being led by Republicans. They hate traditional leaders. The South African government made history by incarcerating a sitting king. It is foreign to us. It was done by a black government.”
Dalindyebo had applied for a full presidential pardon, adamant that he could not return to his people on parole.
When it became evident that no such forgiveness was coming, the king caved in and accepted the terms of his early release from prison.
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