Hate speech charge laid against Zulu King

Zulu King, Goodwill Zwelithini has largely been blamed for fuelling xenophobic tension in KZN.

A screengrab of Zulu King, Goodwill Zwelithini.

CAPE TOWN - An official of the South African National Defence Union (Sandu) has laid a charge of hate speech against Zulu King, Goodwill Zwelithini.

Zwelithini has largely been blamed for fuelling xenophobic tension in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) while giving a speech in Pongola this month.

He seemingly made derogatory remarks about foreigners.

WATCH: _ Goodwill Zwelithini says foreigners must go_

The union's Tim Flack has laid a hate speech charge with the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC).

He said he felt compelled to take action in his own private capacity.

I just want to set the record straight. I have personally laid a case against the king. Not SANDU.

"Should they fail to not deal with the matter correctly, I have an affidavit already waiting and I will be approaching the Equality Court should the SAHRC not take the matter further," he added.

Police Minister Nathi Nhleko yesterday downplayed claims Zwelithini's comments about foreigners sparked the clashes between locals and foreign nationals.

Nhleko said Zwelithini's remarks were misinterpreted.

"If you're in the country illegally, effectively you need to be deported. That's essentially the long and short of what the king said. I then don't understand why the whole thing was turned around."


At the same time, thousands of peace marchers in Durban are making their way to the Curries Fountain Sports Development Centre.

They have travelled through the night to show solidarity with the foreigners under attack.

The trip has been facilitated by activist Shaka Sisulu and Khaya Dlanga who've called on people from across the country to take part in today's march.

At least five people have died and scores of others have been left without their possessions when their businesses were torched.

WATCH: Xenophobic violence rocks Durban CBD


The xenophobic violence spread to Johannesburg as dramatic scenes unfolded in the city's CBD yesterday.

Cars were stoned, foreigners closed their shops and at least two people injured.

Hundreds of foreigners were also forced to flee their homes overnight and seek refuge outside the Primrose Police Station and at a nearby petrol station.

President Jacob Zuma will try to ease xenophobic tensions by addressing the National Assembly this afternoon.

In a pre-recorded message broadcast on South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) radio and TV yesterday, he called for an end to the killing and condemned the attacks.

WATCH: Jacob Zuma tries to ease tensions

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