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Cyril Ramaphosa threatened to release AbaThembu king or forfeit votes

cyril ramaphosa traditional leadersRamaphosa has six days to consider whether justice prevails over the need to win votes.

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President Cyril Ramaphosa has been given six days, by three traditional rulers from the Eastern Cape, to release AbaThembu King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo from prison or lose critical votes in the region on 8 May.

As reported by Sowetan Live, this was the ultimatum that came from two media briefings that were held by the three monarchs in the province on Tuesday.

Why are traditional leaders threatening Cyril Ramaphosa?

One was held at Walter Sisulu University, while Dalindyebo’s council, on the other hand, held theirs at Bumbane Great Place.

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It was concluded that the ball was in the president’s court with regards to calls for the AbaThembu king to be pardoned from his convictions.

Why is Dalindyebo in prison?

Dalindyebo was, in December 2015, convicted to 12 years in prison for assault, kidnapping, arson, and attempting to defeat the ends of justice.

This was for his direct involvement in the torching of homes belonging to a group of people who he was apparently disciplining. He was also accused of administering corporal punishment and the kidnapping of a man’s family.

Regarding the latter, Dalindyebo’s reason was that the man had apparently failed to show up to his court when he was summoned.

Nonetheless, the call to have the AbaThembu king pardoned were echoed by the Congress of Traditional Leaders of South Africa (Contralesa).

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“Ramaphosa has six days” – traditional leaders

The body of traditional leaders criticised the government for considering the release of apartheid killers over that of an indigenous leader.

“Dalindyebo, our very own, is languishing in jail under our own black government. We are not saying he did no wrong because he was found guilty and we respect the rule of law – which also gives the president powers to pardon a prisoner – which is all we are asking for in the case of King Dalindyebo,

“It is a scandal that this government cannot forgive their own but our previous enemies who killed our families are easily pardoned.”Contralesa’s Kgosi Mathupa Mokoena had said at the body’s national executive meeting.

The Presidency has yet to react to these orders. Currently, Ramaphosa is on the campaign trail, doing his bid in assuring the ANC get another chance to correct their past mishaps in this election.

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