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SAHRC accused of being lenient towards King Zwelithini

The SAHRC found that the king’s comments about foreign nationals were hurtful but did not incite violence.

Picture: www.sahrc.org.za.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) says anyone who does not agree with its findings on comments made by King Goodwill Zwelithini can approach the Equality Court for a review.

The commission has been criticised for being lenient towards King Zwelithini, by finding that his comments about foreign nationals were hurtful but did not incite violence.

Earlier today, the commission released its findings and confirmed that in his address to a crowd in KwaZulu-Natal last year, the king said foreign nationals are criminals who came to this country to steal jobs, and must be sent back home.



The Human Rights Commission's Chair, Lawrence Mushwana, says the king was acting in the pursuance of freedom of speech to express himself on social issues of concern, when he described foreign nationals as a social ill.

"Before you can say 'you don't regard it as freedom of speech', there must be something that forces you to do that."

He says the commission did not find that he incited violence because he did not directly tell people to go and attack foreign nationals.

"Anybody who feels we're lenient can go to the Equality Court."

The king has now been given 60 days to reconcile with foreign nationals and migrants in KZN.

LISTEN: SAHRC finds King Goodwill Zwelithini not guilty of hate speech