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President Cyril Ramaphosa will wait until after the elections to say whether AbaThembu King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo will be pardoned, according to the king's spokesperson.
President Cyril Ramaphosa met with the acting AbaThembu King, Azenathi Dalindyebo on Sunday, reassuring him that his father's pardon application is being given serious consideration.
The battle over who is acting king of abaThembu played itself out at the Eastern Cape High Court, Grahamstown, this week.
Young prince’s wedding is seen by some as just a way to prop up his claim as acting king while his father, Dalindyebo, serves a 12-year jail sentence.
Ululations and salutations echoed from the mountain top of Molweni and kumaNtentente hailing the man appointed to act as king of the AbaThembu while the incumbent Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo serves his 12-year prison sentence.
Winnie Madikizela-Mandela should be laid to rest next to former President Nelson Mandela when she dies, jailed Abathembu King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo says.
Traditional and church leaders have called for a “transformed judicial system” in a petition handed to Parliament asking that abaThembu King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo be released from jail.
The Council of Churches South Africa International is expected to deliver a petition to the Speaker of the National Assembly, calling for a presidential pardon and the release of King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo.
Abathembu King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo has been discharged from a private hospital, the Department of Correctional Services says.
Justice Minister Michael Masutha has given his assurances that AbaThembu King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo is classified as a maximum offender and has not received any special treatment in jail or in hospital.
The Department of Justice has refused to comment on fees paid to the junior counsel it solicited through the Office of the State Attorney to work on abaThembu King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebos presidential pardon.
Amid mounting pressure on President Cyril Ramaphosa to pardon AbaThembu King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo, Justice Minister Michael Masutha appointed a former justice department spokesperson and advocate to assess the king's prospects for a pardon.
AbaThembu traditional leaders are accusing the premier of the Eastern Cape of sowing division within their nation by siding with a faction in the royal family’s dispute over who should act as king following the incarceration of king Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo.
The abaThembu royal family is divided over who should stand in for the nation’s jailed king – his son or his brother?
Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini has apparently lent credence to a desperate, last-ditch campaign by Eastern Cape royals to convince President Jacob Zuma to give abaThembu king Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo a presidential pardon.
AbaThembu King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo will not attend his wife Queen Nolitha Dalindyebo’s funeral this weekend, his family said.
AbaThembu King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo should never have been jailed as he was exercising his powers to protect his subjects from criminals in good faith, the Council of Churches South Africa International says.
The Eastern Cape government has demanded that jailed AbaThembu king Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo repay his February salary, about R100 000.
President Jacob Zuma will decide whether to grant AbaThembu King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo a presidential pardon after all internal processes are concluded, the Presidency says.
The food provided in prison is the best diet for a person such as AbaThembu King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo, who is suffering from a stomach ulcer, a registered dietician says.
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