SAHRC to push Cogta to teach traditional leaders about Bill of Rights

This comes after the SAHRC released findings over King Goodwill Zwelithini's comments on foreign nationals.

Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) says it's working towards forcing the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) to teach traditional leaders about the Bill of Rights, so that they'll avoid making disparaging statements.

Yesterday, the commission released the findings of its investigation into King Goodwill Zwelithini's comments about foreign nationals.

He was accused of inciting violence and fuelling attacks on foreigners last year, when he told a crowd in Pongola in KwaZulu-Natal that foreign nationals are in the country to steal jobs, are criminals and must be sent back home.

The commission says while King Goodwill Zwelithini's statements on foreign nationals were hurtful and harmful - they do not amount to hate speech.

SAHRC chair Lawrance Mushwana says although the king identified foreign nationals as problems that needed to be addressed, he didn't say they should be attacked.

He adds the commission wants the Local Government Department to step in.

"We are working towards forcing Cogta to have a system where they'll teach traditional leaders."

The king has since been given 60 days to reconcile with foreign nationals and migrants in KwaZulu-Natal.