Dalindyebo’s future in the hands of President Zuma

The Presidency has confirmed it received a petition from Contralesa for a presidential pardon.

FILE: Former abaThembu King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo. EPA/Siphiwe Sibeko.

CAPE TOWN - Former abaThembu King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo's future is in the hands of the president.

The Congress of Traditional Leaders of South Africa (Contralesa) is seeking a presidential pardon for the controversial royal.

Yesterday, the Presidency confirmed it received a petition from Contralesa.

Dalindyebo is serving a 12-year jail term for arson, kidnapping and assault for crimes committed dating back to the late 1990s.

The Presidency this week forwarded the application for a pardon to Justice Minister Michael Masutha.

Once Masutha has considered the issue, he will send the application back to the president, who will make a final decision.

In December, Masutha turned down Dalindyebo's application for his case to be re-opened.

He claimed he did not get a fair trial.