Don't blame King Goodwill for xenophobia - expert

2015-04-15 19:55
King Goodwill Zwelithini (City Press)

King Goodwill Zwelithini (City Press)

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Johannesburg - King Goodwill Zwelithini is not to blame for the recent xenophobic attacks in KwaZulu-Natal, a cultural expert said on Wednesday.

Speaking to the City Press, University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Professor Sihawukele Ngubane said the ongoing spate of xenophobic attacks could not be placed solely on the king’s shoulders.

“I believe that people have used the speech he made at Pongola to fulfil ambitions that had long since been burning.

“There has been no reason at all for these acts to be committed here; it is just something people wanted to do and they are doing it under the pretence of the words of the king.”

Ngubane was referring to a speech Zwelithini made a few weeks ago. The king has since claimed that it had been "lost in translation" and blamed the media for misquoting him.

Ngubane agreed that the context of the speech had not been given full consideration, leading to the blame being put on the king.

“Traditionally the king has the highest authority over his nation, which is the nation of the Zulus.

“In the past when the king made a pronouncement it was considered with high regard by the people. His word was final.

“Since then, however, the king has made many pronouncements, most of which have been completely disregarded,” he said.

Ngubane added that the king had made a number of calls with regard to social issues that have been devastating KwaZulu-Natal, but none of these were taken seriously.

“These acts are wrong. I condemn them.

"As Africans on this continent we need to unite and speak against this,” said Ngubane.

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