SAHRC trying to discredit Zulu King: ANCYL

SAHRC trying to discredit Zulu King: ANCYL

The ANC Youth League (ANCYL) in KwaZulu-Natal is of the view that a preliminary report by the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) shows that people who want to discredit Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini will not succeed. 

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The league has welcomed the commission's findings that some of the comments made by the King during an address in Pongola in mid-March were misinterpreted.

It also found the remarks did not incite the xenophobic violence that broke out two weeks after the speech.

Complainants, including the African Diaspora Forum, alleged that King Zwelithini's utterances that foreign nationals must pack their bags and go back to their home countries, directly led to the violence. 

The report did however find that the monarch's statements were hurtful and in violation of the dignity of foreign nationals.

The SAHRC recommended that the King issue a public apology. 

"The King, as someone who's above politics, must not be used by political parties to try and incite violence.

''The King must always, at any given point in time, be able to speak to the nation without any fear that his words are going to be used against him to say that he has been inciting violence," he said. 

King Zwelithini has 30 days to respond to the report.

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