Dalindyebo has been released on parole after serving a minimum sentence.
Justice Minister Ronald Lamola's spokesperson, Chrispin Phiri, said: “The king is not a free man.
"The minister said that the king qualifies for parole as of October 2019. This is not to be confused at all with remission of sentence which was granted. His sentence will be reduced by one year, but it does mean that he is on parole subject to certain conditions, which were set by the correctional services parole board.
“Unfortunately I am not in position to explain what those conditions are as they differ from one individual to another.”
Phiri said the king's request for a presidential pardon was still with the presidency.
Ngonyama said the king was released at midnight on Sunday and arrived in Mthatha about 2.30am on Monday.
''We are thankful the king is out of jail even if it means a parole and not the presidential pardon we are still pressing for. We take this opportunity to thank all the people who supported us in our activities to call for the release of the king. It was a long and strenuous four years. We now hope that our king will find time to be with his family, find peace and reconnect,'' said Ngonyama.
He said they were happy the king would spend Christmas with his family for the first time since 2015, a few days before he handed himself over to prison authorities in Mthatha on December 31.
Ngonyama said there would be some rituals for the king to undergo, including cleansing himself because he had arrived from prison.