King Zwelithini blasts media for 'distorting' his words

By Drum Digital
10 April 2015

King Goodwill Zwelithini has lambasted the media for "choosing to deliberately distort what was an innocent outcry against crime and destruction of property", he said in a statement on Friday.

The Zulu king has been criticised recently for comments he allegedly made during a moral regeneration event in Pongola, northern KwaZulu-Natal.

It was reported that the king allegedly told a gathering that "foreigners must pack their bags and go home".

“I have already stated my concerns about crime in South Africa, and I am on record as having said there is no justification for murder, looting and attacks that we have seen being perpetrated against foreigners,” he said.

“I am thus reiterating what I have always said.  All those who commit such crimes against anyone, whether foreign or local, should face the full might of the law.”

He also denounced three evils experienced by the province in the recent weeks.

“These three evils are greed, xenophobia and tribalism. These three evils are the motivating force behind the vitriol articles, destruction of property and loss of human lives that some in print media have seen it proper to attribute as direct consequences of my address at the Pongolo event some weeks ago.


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