Report on king ‘didn’t cover all’

2015-12-03 12:09
King Goodwill Zwelithini (City Press)

King Goodwill Zwelithini (City Press)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Pietermaritzburg - The SA Human Rights Commission’s preliminary report on Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini’s comments on foreigners did not touch the issue of interest, the African Diaspora Forum chairperson Marc Gbaffou said.

The report absolved the king of inciting violence against foreigners in his speech in Pongola where he said foreigners must pack their belongings and go back to their countries.

African Diaspora Forum, Lawyers for Human Rights and 29 individuals had complained to the commission that the king’s utterances amounted to hate speech and linked the utterances to the xenophobic attacks that broke out afterwards.

Gbaffou said the “sensitivity of the issue” might have led to the commission “not properly addressing the issue”.

“We are cautious of the fact that he is our king, and that we must treat him with respect. But the law is above all of us.

“That is why we want the subject of interest, which is inciting violence, to be properly addressed. The finding is too thin for this volatile kind of situation,” he said.

Gbaffou maintained that they believe the king’s utterances led to the outbreak of the violent attacks in the province earlier this year.

He said the attacks only moved to Durban after Zwelithini’s speech.

“Maybe people on the ground misunderstood his comments, we do not know. All we want is justice to be served,” he said.

Gbaffou said he hoped the final report would address the issue properly.

“That would prevent any other attacks in the future. We want all people to live in harmony.”


Read more on:    pietermaritzburg

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Competition regulation for a growing and inclusive economy

ADVERTORIAL: The Competition Commission of South Africa is conducting advocacy work in the South African automotive aftermarket industry and has gazetted a Draft Code of Conduct for public comment.


WATCH: Man films himself going down water slide upside down as things go very wrong…

What is at first an exciting tummy-turning adventure stunt, quickly turns into a scarily bad idea caught on camera. Take a look:


You won't want to miss...

WATCH: Conor McGregor: Notorious the trailer
Best date night restaurants in South Africa
WATCH: Ryan Reynolds offers fans a free tattoo in new Deadpool 2 teaser
Should you date your co-worker?
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.