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SAHRC to release findings into King Zwelithini's remarks

The commission received 31 complaints following a speech by the Zulu king in March this year.

FILE. Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini looks on prior to deliver a speech during a traditional gathering called Imbizo at the Moses Mabhida Football Stadium in Durban on 20 April, 2015. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) will today release its preliminary findings into King Goodwill Zwelithini's remarks about foreign nationals.

The commission received 31 complaints following a speech by the Zulu king in March this year.

The complainants alleged that the remarks made by the king resulted in the violent attacks against foreigners in KwaZulu-Natal, with the violence also spreading to Gauteng earlier this year.

SAHRC spokesperson Isaac Mangena says the findings will be submitted to Zwelithini and the 31 complainants today.

"We are doing this as part of our processes to basically give both the respondents and complainants' time to comment on the findings that we arrived at."

He says he's not at liberty to discuss what exactly the findings are at this stage.

But the Zulu king and complainants will be given until the end of January, to give feedback.

"From there we will be incorporating some of the comments we've received."

Mangena says the commission hopes to release the final report in February.