King Zwelithini calls for end to violence - As it happened

2015-04-20 10:06

King Goodwill Zwelithini has concluded his anti-xenophobia address at an imbizo held at Moses Mabhida stadium, Durban. Get all the details here, as it happened.


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20 Apr 14:21

And King Goodwill Zwelithini has left the stadium...

Scroll down to get all the details of the King's anti-xenophobia imbizo in Durban, as it happened.

Photo from News24's Amanda Khoza.

20 Apr 14:06

The King has wrapped his speech.

"We will meet again to sign a peace accord with the embassies. I will ask teachers at schools to teach school kids about xenophobia and how to treat foreign nationals.

"I also urge municipalities to clear the by-laws in the cities so that foreign nationals can work with our people.

“God bless Africa,” he concludes.

A praise singer is now leading signing and chanting.

20 Apr 14:05
 “The foreign nationals who are inside KwaZulu-Natal, we also invite to come forward. We would like to sit down with them build relationships," Zwelithini says.

20 Apr 14:02

“The Human Rights Commission needs to be given time to conduct its investigation thoroughly and without intimidation,” says Zwelithini.

“I've written two letters to the commission and have urged them to also investigate the media's involvement in inciting violence.

“Also the government must be very vocal and clear with how people from outside the country are settled,” Zwelithini continued.

“All these laws must be enforced and followed.”

20 Apr 13:57
"Peace must be first and foremost," urged the King.

20 Apr 13:55
“When we see people violating the rule of law, we must ensure these people are brought to book,” says King Zwelithini.

20 Apr 13:54

20 Apr 13:53
“There’s a third force that we must look at,” Zwelithini claims.

20 Apr 13:51

King Goodwill Zwelithini said he decided to call the urgent Imbizo after meeting with Home Affairs minister, Malusi Gigaba and State Security Minister, David Mahlobo, reports News24's Amanda Khoza.

"It was important for me to intervene because this was a crisis.

“The speech I made was taken out of context by the media and it is now important to explain and clarify."

20 Apr 13:49

“The speech I made has become central and very important,” the king continued in Zulu, and translated into English by eNCA.

“It has become more important now than when it was given. That is why this Imbizo was called.

“I’ve called this Imbizo so we can take action against those who are doing these things.”

20 Apr 13:44

“Most of these attacks are directed toward people from other parts of Africa,” the king said in Zulu, and translated into English by eNCA.

“South Africa has gone out and done the very things that were warned against in the Human Rights Watch reports of 2009.”

“We have not learnt from the mistakes of the past,” reported eNCA.

20 Apr 13:38

King Goodwill Zwelithini is now addressing the crowd.

“The months of March and April have been difficult months in the life of Africa,” reports an eNCA translator.

20 Apr 13:35

20 Apr 13:32
Loud ululation as the Imbongi sings the King's praises, says Amanda Khoza.

20 Apr 13:31
The King has taken the podium. Hundreds of regiments led by Buthelezi are singing praises, reports News24's Amanda Khoza.

20 Apr 13:30
“Our nation needs to be cleaning up this mess. We need to be seen restoring order, making amends and seeking forgiveness. This may well be the medicine of the soul that our people need," concludes Buthelezi.

20 Apr 13:28
“Our brothers and sisters from our African states are welcome in our midst, just as we South Africans as refugees of Apartheid, were welcome in their own countries," continues IFP leader Buthelezi.

“His Majesty, we are made to understand merely stated that criminal elements are not welcome.”

20 Apr 13:21
“Regardless of how one interprets what His Majesty said, one thing is clear. He never decreed violence, mayhem, looting, murder or arson,” says Buthelezi.

20 Apr 13:17
“A spark has been ignited and it has taken flame in terrible proportions, and we are ashamed," says Chief Mangosuthu Buthelezi.

20 Apr 13:12

“Our people are attacking the very neighbours who gave us refuge during our own liberation struggle,” says Chief Mangosuthu Buthelezi.

“These are the people with whom we had trade ties, historical ties, and ties of humanity.

“There is no sense in what is happening, my fellow Zulus.”

20 Apr 13:05

20 Apr 12:56
KwaZulu-Natal Premier Senzo Mchunu said, "The past couple of days we have seen violence in our communities to a point where people have lost their lives.

"We are here today to support the king's call for peace. We also thank the government for what it has done to quell the violence."

20 Apr 12:55
6000 people now present at Imbizo at Moses Mabhida Stadium, Jeff Wicks reports.

20 Apr 12:47

"We want to thank the king for always calling for calm in the province," says Chairperson of the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial House of Traditional Leaders, Inkosi Phathisizwe Chiliza.

"We are here as Amakhosi to listen to what you want us to hear for the sake of peace so that we can stop this bloodshed.

“We are here to listen to the king, if he says all weapons done, that is what we are going to do.”

20 Apr 12:42
WATCH: 2 000 Amabutho surge into stadium for Zulu king's imbizo.

20 Apr 12:38

20 Apr 12:37

When Rubin Phillip took the podium he prayed for peace and unity.

"We are gathered here today as your children made in your image. We are like a garden with different textures and shapes and indeed the children of Africa, we speak different languages and we are different in colour... Bless this Imbizo. We pray. Bless the King, may his words bring healing and peace," said Phillip.

20 Apr 12:33

As a Muslim cleric took the stage, the crowds continued to boo despite the fact that he spoke IsiZulu, Amanda Khoza says.

"As a Muslim, the King is the father of all nations," he said to the crowd.

20 Apr 12:29

MEC Mike Mabuyakhulu has taken to the stage to urge the crowds to calm down, reports Amanda Khoza.

"Please, people, these are just prayers. Please behave yourselves," said the MEC.

The crowds keep booing the priests. All those that are not Zulu.

20 Apr 12:25
As Hindu priest, Ashwin Trikamjee recites a prayer, the crowds starts booing him, News24's Amanda Khoza reports.

20 Apr 12:22

20 Apr 12:20
A video of the National Anthem being sung, posted on Twitter.

20 Apr 12:19
KZN Social Development MEC Weziwe Thusi calls on all religious leaders to open the Imbizo with a prayer.

20 Apr 12:17
Photo from News24's Amanda Khoza.

20 Apr 12:15
The National Anthem of South Africa is now being sung.

20 Apr 12:14
"We need to behave in front of the King and show respect. We need to listen carefully as leaders speak today. We also wish for everyone to say something, they should be given respect. If we do that we would have respected the king," urged Mabuyakhulu.

20 Apr 12:12
MEC Mike Mabuyakhulu welcoming everyone, Amakhosi's, councillors, Izinduna, MEC's, KZN Premier, Home Affairs Minister, State Security Minister and all religious leaders at the Imbizo.

20 Apr 12:12
The crowds are booing all the international guests being introduced by MEC Mike Mabuyakhulu, News24's Amanda Khoza reports.

20 Apr 12:11
MEC Mike Mabuyakhulu is now addressing the crowd.

20 Apr 12:09
Amabhuto in attendance start taking seats.

20 Apr 12:08

20 Apr 12:06
Photo from News24's Amanda Khoza.

20 Apr 11:57
A large police contingent is present at the stadium ahead of the King’s address, TimesLive reports.

20 Apr 11:53
Metro Police tells News24 that approximately 5000 people have gone through the turnstiles at Moses Mabhida Stadium so far.

20 Apr 11:51
King Goodwill Zwelithini is expected to address the masses at about midday, News24's Amanda Khoza reports from the stadium.

20 Apr 11:49
WATCH: Crowds gather for King Goodwill Zwelithini's imbizo against xenophobia:

20 Apr 11:28
The King and a phalanx of politicians have arrived at Moses Mabhida Stadium, writes Jeff Wicks.

20 Apr 11:24
We are in a lull, tweets Jeff Wicks. It's unclear exactly when the King will arrive. At most 2 000 in the stadium, says Wicks.

20 Apr 11:12

20 Apr 11:12
Photo from News24's Amanda Khoza.

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