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Contralesa welcomes decision to pardon Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo

JOHANNESBURG: The Congress of Traditional Leaders of South Africa (Contralesa) has welcomed President Cyril Ramaphosa’s decision to pardon the AbaThembu king Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo.

Dalindyebo is currently serving an effective 12-year prison term for three counts of arson, three counts of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm, one count of defeating the ends of justice and one count of kidnapping.

The Democratic alliance has describes the matter as electioneering tactics from the ruling

Speaking to the public broadcaster (SABC), Contralesa secretary-general, Zolani Mkiva says, “The kings are not necessarily above the law but they cannot be treated like any ordinary person because they are kings to their people. We are all equal before the law and we agree on that. But our constitution also recognises the institution of traditional leadership together with its own nuances," added Mkiva. 

The Office of the President has denied the DA’s allegation that President Cyril Ramaphosa’s consideration to pardon the AbaThembu king is an attempt to won votes and has described the allegations as distortion of information to pressure him on deciding on the parole application by Dalindyebo.

Justice Minister Michael Masutha had earlier furnished the President with documents, as per his request on whether or not Dalindyebo will be granted a Presidential pardon.

Masutha says it’s entirely up to the President to make a decision on the AbaThembu King.

Mkiva has also denied reports that they were threatening Ramaphosa stating that they had a meaningful engagement with the President and leaders of the African National Congress.

Meanwhile Contralesa has called on AbaThembu people to abstain from voting if the King is
not released.

By Mfanelo Dlamini email 

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