Dalindyebo’s previous applications 'have no bearing' on pardon request

The former abaThembu king's previous applications for a retrial affect on a request for clemency.

FILE: Former abaThembu King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo. Picture: AFP.

CAPE TOWN - The Justice Department says jailed former abaThembu King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo's previous application for a retrial will have no bearing on a request for clemency.

The Congress of Traditional Leaders (Contralesa) is seeking a presidential pardon.

In December Minister Michael Masutha turned down Dalindyebo's application for his case to be reopened.

Masutha's office has confirmed its received Contralesa's petition for a presidential pardon from the Presidency.

It will be returned to President Jacob Zuma, after the minister has applied his mind to the request.

The minister's office says there's no timeline as to how long it will take.

Contralesa and some members of the royal family will be hoping Dalindyebo is released early due to his ailing health.

The former king is being treated at a private hospital in East London for chronic ulcers, depression and loss of appetite.

He's serving a 12-year jail term for crimes against his subjects in the late 1990s.