King wants end to violence

2012-10-16 00:00

THE king is striving to promote peace in the province.

The office of the King Zwelithini Foundation has announced plans for the Zulu monarch to embark on a campaign to encourage peace and stability in KwaZulu-Natal.

This follows a spate of recent political and taxi violence.

According to a statement, the king expressed concern about media reports on political killings and the ongoing unrest in the taxi industry.

“The province of KwaZulu-Natal is very important to South Africa; if we sneeze, the entire country catches a cold.

“Because of this it is very important for the House of Traditional Leaders, politicians, religious leaders, business and the general public to behave in a manner that would not put the country in trouble,” said Zwelithini.

“We cannot allow the province to go back to that past of violence.”

He added that such killings paint a picture of a violent province which might scare away potential investors creating further unemployment.

King Zwelithini Foundation spokesperson Nhlanhla Mtaka said the king will address traditional leaders, the IEC and religious leaders on October 19 at the Durban International Convention Centre.

This will be followed by a meeting with political parties, taxi associations and business people.

• thobani.ngqulunga@witness.co.za

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