Cops deployed to Zwelithini's imbizo on xenophobia

King Goodwill Zwelithini summoned his subjects to attend a gathering on xenophobia.

FILE: A small part of the crowd is chanting "Let them go, we're here to work" during an imbizo at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN

DURBAN - KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) police say units from across the province have been deployed to provide security at the Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini's imbizo on xenophobia today, but those stationed at the hotspots where violence occurred recently will not be withdrawn.

There's been a heightened security presence in KZN's townships and city centre following xenophobic attacks that left at least six people dead.

Zwelithini has this morning summoned his subjects to attend a gathering on xenophobia which will also be attended by izindunda and amabhuto.

The Moses Mabhida Stadium is still relatively empty but thousands of people are expected to listen to the king speak.

#XenoImbizo Moses Mabhida stadium is still empty. The imbizo is due to start at 10 o clock. GW

The police's Jay Naicker says they will be monitoring the routes leading into the stadium.

"We have the manpower and capacity to deal with anything that may happen, we will be policing the routes to the stadium and we will be policing the outer perimeters of the stadium."

Naicker says they will not be withdrawing officers from areas such as point area Albert Park in the city center and KwaMashu and Umlazi.

"The areas had problems in the past so we're not going to remove those deployments so that someone can take advantage of that opportunity."

The imbizo will also be attended by government officials.

Earlier on, police Minister Nathi Nhleko has continued defending comments made by Zwelithini, saying he was present when the king made the speech about foreigners and his comments were taken out of context.

The king has maintained he did not call on people to attack foreign nationals, nor did he incite violence when he said they should leave the country.