King calls on religious leaders to combat crime

2012-10-20 00:00

ZULU king Goodwill Zwelithini yesterday called on religious leaders to play their part in helping find a solution to the political violence taking place in KwaZulu-Natal.

“I don’t doubt it that all religious leaders are concerned with what is happening in our country,” Zwelithini said, addressing the meeting of the KwaZulu-Natal Public Peace Process at Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre.

He said religious leaders had previously stood up and worked hard to bring about peace in times of political violence.

“God wants believers to do their job and not be found wanting. We must remember that those killed are God’s people.”

Zwelithini also said the killings and rapes happening every week were like Satan had come down to earth, walking with his feet and big tail.

“Let us ask what kind of people we have become. Are we animals living among other animals? Are we mad?” he asked.

The monarch urged all to work towards ensuring peace and development.

“Development does not come to people who are fighting. It is my wish that in our province, the killing of people be stopped,” he said.

Zwelithini added that violence posed a threat to investment in the province and urged all to ensure the province did not plunge back to the political violence of the 1980s and 1990s.

“I will not allow this. I also urge you not to allow that to happen in your life time,” he said.

Bishop Rubin Phillip said he was delighted that Zwelithini had convened the meeting.

“We are grateful that his majesty has real heart for peace.

“I want to express deep gratitude to him for this meeting,” Phillip said, adding that the monarch had challenged them to hold hands together.

The KwaZulu-Natal Public Peace Process plans on holding meetings with labour, political parties and businesses to find a solution to the growing crime.

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