Zulu king blames media

JOHANNESBURG - Zulu monarch Goodwill Zwelithini (pictured) told thousands at the Moses Mabhida Stadium that he did not call an imbizo to take responsibility for the recent xenophobic attacks.

“I haven’t called this imbizo to say we are responsible‚ but because of your numbers you can stop this carnage. We believe that there’s a third force to all of this‚” he said.

“You have all heard misleading reports and rumours saying the Zulus are mobilising and getting into trains to Johannesburg to fight. Those are people who want to pit us against each other.”

“I called you today to be shields of this nation. If indeed I have called you to arms this country will be in ashes as we speak. But I’m saying let’s arm for peace‚ now I’m instigating you to mobilise for peace.

“As your king I say calm down. There are people who are pitting you against each other...avoid falling into a pit they are digging for you‚“ he said.

Zwelithini convened the imbizo after calls for him to take responsibility for his comments‚ which were blamed for the attacks that swept throughout the country.

“People I spoke to in Pongola on March 15 have not killed anyone but those not in Pongola are the ones killing people.”

Speaking at a moral regeneration event in Pongola about a month ago‚ Zwelithini said that foreigners should pack their bags and leave.

The comments are being probed by the South African Human Rights Commission‚ which is investigating whether or not they constitute hate speech.

“I urge that the South African Human Rights Commission does its work without interference. It must expedite its probe transparently and also look at the role of the media‚“ he said.

Comments (4)

The press are indeed complicit they helped to stoke the fires but importantly Zwelithini must take his share of the blame because he knew of the frustrations of his people and was right to express them or see to address them but as a leader he should have exercised great caution and not play to the gallery.

Galore 123 - 21 April 2015

King Goodwill Zwelithini,Eward Zuma and Jacob Zuma are guilty of genocicide manifesting as xenophobia, recently dubbed Afrophobia.They need to be slapped with economic and trade sanctions.In addition the infamous trio must appear at the Hague for crimes against humanity.South Africans have a very short memory.During apartheid days, Zimbabwe and the rest of Africa fought against Boer oppression.Now that they are sitting pretty, they are like the foolish fish which is overgrown in the pool,and begins to curse the water in which it grew!!!!Today fellow Africans are being butchered in that cursed country because of some very silly old "king" Zwelithini and the misguided,uncultured son of Zuma, Edward.Jacob Zuma is guilty of accomplicity.He must publicly reprimand his foolish, demon possed son.Zuma must repatriate Zwelithini,his son Edward and himself to the Hague.If the Hague does not try this trio and all who pepertrated murder and attrocities through Xenophobia, there is JUDGEMENT DAY when everyone shall give an account of themselves.So Zuma and your blood guilt accomplices, watch out.Your country is under God's judgement.This foolish argument by Zwelithini that he was misquoted is like the foolishness of an ostritch that hides its head in the sand while it is exposed.What plain stupidity!!!!

Anti-Xenophbia - 22 April 2015

King must think before he speaks, look at the results of a wayward statement, it is costing lives of innocent people, better to be silent or consult others before making such a public statement which is counterproductive.

tichaona - 22 April 2015

aaaah king zwelithini think before you act

bele - 6 May 2015

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