Zulu king slams anti-Kabila protest

2012-02-20 16:55

Pietermaritzburg - Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini lashed out at the conduct of Congolese expatriates on Monday for their protest to Parliament last week.

"We respect our leaders and we discourage people who protest and criticise our government and president," the king said during the official opening of KwaZulu-Natal legislature in Pietermaritzburg.

Members of the Congolese community living in Cape Town want the South African government to stop recognising Joseph Kabila as president of the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Cape Times reported on Friday.

On Thursday, a group of about 300 Congolese marched to Parliament to hand over a memorandum to the committee on international relations and co-operation.

They were reportedly carrying placards and posters and voiced their support for opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi.

They claim Tshisekedi won the elections on November 28 last year.

Zwelithini said he understood that South Africa was a democratic country which welcomed foreigners.

However, he was concerned about the conduct of people who become radicals when they were granted refuge.

"This government was democratically elected by the country's citizens and its reputation should be protected. Last week's conduct is unacceptable," he said.

He said that while the country’s Constitution recognised freedom of expression, this should be responsibly exercised.

  • goyougoodthing - 2012-02-20 17:09

    How can a 'king' speak of democracy?

      Elle-Black - 2012-02-21 07:26

      @ goyougoodthing you are totally missing the point dude. @ Max Whther you recognise him as a king or not that wont change his title and yes as a SA citizen he has every right to voice his opinion about just about anything concerning SA,even if it has no relation to Zulus

  • Mtshezi Yonk'insipho Iyawasha Mkhize - 2012-02-20 17:16

    Dude really now? Don't be so stupid....

  • thozi - 2012-02-20 17:20

    Guess what, I fully agree with His Majesty on this one. If these so-called refugees want to protest against their Government, they should not velify and denigrate our government or country - we are capable of doing that and we're doing a good job out of it. We do not do it from Zimbabwe, Congo or what have you. If they want to remain here, they should behave or go back to their countries - well do our own protesting against our own government thank you! (Err Vegi... these you can tell to 'leave the country').

  • Swapie - 2012-02-20 17:34

    This king guy must just keep his thoughts to himself. We are not listening.

      Elle-Black - 2012-02-21 07:29

      @ Swapie did you even read what he was talking about or are you against him just coz he's black? Are you from Congo? Then if you are I guess that's why his statement hurts you because it reffers to the likes of you and by the way he's right you guys must go sort out your issues back home,it's no use for you to protest here

  • Carlton Bana - 2012-02-20 18:16

    Foreigners should be barred from protesting in SA, they should not even if the critisism is warrented critise the SA goverment.

  • Faizie - 2012-02-20 18:51

    And if Kabila was gay your majesty??????????????? Wou;d you speak in his defense also??????????????????

  • Monde Ndleleni - 2012-02-20 20:44

    some people want to be relevant in politics even though they are clueless, hey. disgusting

  • Daniel - 2012-02-21 05:09

    stupid king

  • Daniel - 2012-02-21 07:14

    It time for this old fart to move on to the pearly gate ...or is it the fire gates??? He already got a huge chunk of SA tax payers money and should shut his mouth and retire.

  • Elle-Black - 2012-02-21 07:32

    Wow I cant believe how people have totally missed the point of this article, his title is not in question,he is adressing the issue of foreigners constantly protesting about some or other thing in SA,Am i reading the wrong article? Whether you recognise him as a king or not or according to you he is just a chief is irrelevant to the topic at hand.

  • fredtma - 2012-02-21 09:00

    are you forgetting that during apartheid, many south africa (thabo mbeki), left SA to continue fighting abroad?

      Guelord - 2012-03-20 16:55

      They have forgotten so soon Fred, probably kwon a little about politics

  • Bournik Kabengele - 2013-11-28 06:33

    Hi Thozi, I read your message and reflection with interest... However, I have got something to ask. If you are a South African, then you might have a short memory. Before, your country, South Africa, became democratic, many of your ANC members were free to protest from many countries outside South Africa itself, and whoever who tried to manifest inside the country was thrown out in jail/s. They are many examples for this. In Congo, you cannot protest for sure withouth being arrested by the authority that is why people are to show their freedom to protest once they are in countries where freedom of expression is tolerated. The King Zulu is talking from a position of someone who was not elected but whose power comes from his lineage. Congo people, in South Africa, can put pressure on South African government to act against lack of freedoom and development in DRC, as the two countries are in good terms. This is not lack of respect. It is simple practical protocol...

  • Marko Lasene - 2014-07-03 06:07

    King is showing his support for another king. They both have one thing in common, their power comes from their birth right not elections or constitutions. If he tolerates protest in South Africa against Kabila, it will be like doing the same for protest against him in Western Cape. Besides have you forgotten that some of the King's sons have strong gold mining interest in the Congo."

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