Ramaphosa given until Monday to release AbaThembu King or else...

Eastern Cape monarchs have given President Cyril Ramaphosa a week to release jailed AbaThembu King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo. The king is seen here in court with advocate Terry Price. /LULAMILE FENI
Eastern Cape monarchs have given President Cyril Ramaphosa a week to release jailed AbaThembu King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo. The king is seen here in court with advocate Terry Price. /LULAMILE FENI

Three aggrieved Eastern Cape monarchs have given President Cyril Ramaphosa seven days to release the jailed AbaThembu King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo or kiss the votes of their subjects goodbye.

Monday is the deadline for Ramaphosa to release Dalindyebo. The kings all called for a presidential pardon, not parole.

Two media briefings - one apparently counteracting the other - were held in Mthatha by some of the Eastern Cape kings at Walter Sisulu University (WSU) and another by Dalindyebo's king's council at Bumbane Great Place.

Dalindyebo has been in prison since December 31 2015 and is in the fourth of his 12-year sentence. The kings who met at WSU called for the presidential pardon.

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