The Thembu king was jailed for kidnapping, assault, arson and defeating the ends of justice and ever since his incarceration, the Congress of Traditional Leaders of SA (Contralesa), like others, have requested the monarch's release from prison.
In January, Xhosa King Mpendulo Sigcawu asked President Cyril Ramaphosa to speed up this process. However, months have gone and there has been no word from the president on the matter.
It seems that Ramaphosa, like his predecessor, is reluctant to grant King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo a presidential pardon.
Arguably a presidential pardon for Dalindyebo may present a political conundrum for the president as many maintain that the monarch's incarceration was justified given that the criminal charges were proven in a court of law.