King de­mands par­don not pa­role

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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

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