'It is politically expedient for the ANC to consider Dalindyebo pardon'

Reports suggest that President Cyril Ramaphosa is considering recommendations to Abathembu King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo.

Read: Contralesa welcomes recommendation to pardon AbaThembu king.

Last week, Justice Minister Michael Masutha submitted recommendations to the president dealing with requests for Dalindyebo's release.

Eusebius McKaiser and a caller discuss the merits of this looming release.

I am a bit confused, and my problem is: why this application facilitated from the government's side? The government is paying money for his pardon, and I have a problem with that.

Joseph, Caller

My understanding is that as a natural person, he was supposed to use his funds to apply for this pardon.

Joseph, Caller

My second issue is the Traditional Leadership and Governance Framework Act of 2003 No 41, which says if a person has been convicted for a period longer than 12 months, that person does not qualify to meet his people in terms of Section 10 d.

Joseph, Caller

How are people saying that Dalindyebo is supposed to come back and lead his people? I think I am a bit confused, maybe someone can add clarity here.

Joseph, Caller

McKaiser weighed on this conversation.

My concern is probably one you and I can agree on, which is: why on earth should this man be given parole at all and why not other criminals?

Eusebius McKaiser, Presenter

The answer to that question is straightforward and that it is politically expedient to consider this.

Eusebius McKaiser, Presenter

The more significant issue here is far more fundamental, although Joseph's point is also critical, it is that this is a man who, in 2009, was sentenced to 15 years in prison on various counts, seven of kidnapping, three of assault, three of arson, one each of defeating the ends of justice and culpable homicide.

Eusebius McKaiser, Presenter

Put differently, a common criminal, a thug and the only way you can read this as to why an ANC government can consider this man being released earlier than he ought to.

Eusebius McKaiser, Presenter

It is because traditional leaders are the ones who have enormous power over their subjects.

Eusebius McKaiser, Presenter

When they cough in an election season, the ANC is afraid that it will catch the flu and suddenly they will administer whatever medicine it is that these rulers say they need to continue being healthy enough to support the party.

Eusebius McKaiser, Presenter

And in this particular case, it means releasing one of their own. I think it is disgusting, and it will be quiet interesting to see what Ramaphosa will do.

Eusebius McKaiser, Presenter

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