King demands pardon not parole
The AbaThembu king wants a presidential pardon, not parole, his spokesperson says.
But King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo may stew in prison a little longer while he waits for President Cyril Ramaphosa to respond to his request for a presidential pardon.
Ramaphosa granted the king remission of sentence, Minister of Justice Ronald Lamola announced on Reconciliation Day.
The remission meant that 12 months of Dalindyebo’s 12-year sentence for arson, assault, kidnapping and defeating the ends of justice was reduced. However, the king was not satisfied with the parole conditions.
His spokesperson, Mthunzi Ngonyama, said parole placed the king under stringent conditions which would be extremely difficult to comply with “given the nature of his job”.
“Imagine a king ruling with a dark cloud over his head. Lamola talked about the pending presidential pardon [appplication] that [has been] with the president for eight months. He said the president is still considering it. For eight months? Former justice minister (Michael Masutha) recommended a presidential pardon with [the] expungement of [his] criminal record in April.
“The king needs answers about his presidential pardon application to be able to make up his mind,” Ngonyama added.
Dalindyebo has been eligible for parole since October. – News24Wire