King Zwelithini wants foreigners to "go home"

By Drum Digital
23 March 2015

King Goodwill Zwelithini does not appreciate the presence of foreigners in the country.

Zulu monarch King Goodwill Zwelithini has been quoted as stating that foreign nationals living in South Africa should be deported.

The Citizen reports that these remarks stem from his opinion that it is unfair that locals should be competing with foreigners for jobs in the country and that the government is not doing enough to protect its citizens from the "influx of foreign nationals".

The head of the Zulu kingdom allegedly made his feelings clear while addressing a crowd in the Pongolo community during a moral regeneration event on Friday.

"Most government leaders do not want to speak out on this matter because they are scared of losing votes. I cannot tolerate a situation where we are being led by leaders with no views whatsoever," he began as quoted by the paper.

“We are requesting those who come from outside to please go back to their countries. I know you were in their countries during the struggle for liberation. But the fact of the matter is you did not set up businesses in their countries,” he continued.

The king's remarks have not gone down well with some, especially the country's main opposition party the Democratic Alliance (DA) who reportedly find his comments "highly irresponsible."

Attempts at reaching the monarch's spokesperson, his brother Prince Mbonisi Zulu, have been unsuccessful.

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