'Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini can't dodge SAHRC'

The king has been given 60 days to reconcile with foreign nationals in Kwazulu-Natal.

Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) says if Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini doesn't cooperate with recommendations the commission has made, it will be forced to take action.

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

The king addressed a crowd in Pongola in KwaZulu-Natal last year, saying foreign nationals are in the country to steal jobs, are criminals and must be sent back home.

He was criticised of inciting violence and fuelling attacks on foreign nationals, but the SAHRC has found his statements did not amount to hate speech.

The commission has given the king 60 days to reconcile with foreign nationals in KwaZulu-Natal and instruct the provincial premier to organise a meeting between him and ambassadors of the affected African countries.

The commission's chair Lawrence Mushwana says the king can't dodge the commission.

"There is no way the king can dodge us because we can make binding decisions."

He says the king regrets the statements he made.