We have all seen the evil coming from South Africa since the violent xenophobic attacks on foreign nationals. Turns out that way before the attacks, three weeks ago back in March, Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini was recorded saying that foreigners must pack up and leave the country.
In the presence of both Police Minister Nathi Nhleko and provincial MEC Willies Mchunu, the king was reported to have told a gathering that it was time foreigners were told to return to their countries. The king accused them of messing up the country’s towns by hanging their fake clothing brands on the streets.
“Now when you walk down the street you can’t recognise a shop you used to know because it has been taken over by foreigners who mess it up by hanging up rags,” the king said.
The King’s remarks were widely condemned back then as encouraging hatred towards foreigners, which may result in more violent behaviour towards them.
When the king was later confronted and asked to apologise, Zwelithini’s spokesman, Prince Thulani Zulu, said the king has nothing to be sorry for. That King Goodwill Zwelithini meant each and every word when he said foreigners must pack their bags and get out of South Africa.
Prince Thulani said:
“I think the people who’re complaining are misinterpreting his speech. He didn’t say foreigners must be attacked or harassed. The king was talking about foreigners who are here illegally. Some are involved in serious crimes like drug and human trafficking. We don’t need such people in our country so the king is right.”
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