Contralesa calls on Zuma to pardon Dalindyebo

Dalindyebo began serving a 12-year sentence last month for crimes committed in the late 1990s.

Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo has unsuccessfully tried several legal avenues to avoid jail. Picture: xhosaculture.com

JOHANNESBURG - The Presidency has confirmed President Jacob Zuma has received a petition and letter asking that he consider granting abaThembu King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo a presidential pardon.

The letter and petition were sent by the Eastern Cape chairperson of the congress of traditional leaders of South Africa, Inkosi Mwelo Nonkonyana.

Dalindyebo began serving a 12-year sentence last month for crimes including assault, arson and kidnapping in the late 1990s.

But the Congress of Traditional Leaders of South Africa (Contralesa) has always asked the courts to consider that the controversial monarch was acting under customary law at the time and thought his decision were correct.

Dalindyebo has unsuccessfully tried, several legal avenues to avoid jail.