King’s imbizo, self-aggrandisement

2015-04-29 09:24

KING Goodwill Zwelithini’s imbizo was more of a self-aggrandisement stunt and a concert than about promoting peace, coexistence and doing damage control.

After a lengthy silence and strong criticism during and after the xenophobic attacks, the imbizo was held to clarify his stance on the violent attacks.

The notions that foreigners are “stealing” jobs and that they don’t have a right to be here need to be rectified immediately.

Zwelithini blamed the media for misquoting him.

If that was the case, why didn’t he immediately release a press statement correcting it?

It does not require an intellectual critique of his statement to highlight the explicit intent of those mutterings and they leave no room for a misquote.

The words of the king are explicitly clear and harmful to foreigners.

Moreover, the booing and jeering at non-Zulu priests such as Ashwin Trikamjee during the imbizo raises serious concerns for conscience-driven individuals.

There is an urgent need for all key role players to engage in constructive dialogue to understand the grievances of people and communities that might tempt some to commit hate crimes like xenophobia and other discriminatory violence in South Africa.



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