Xenophobic Zulu king lashed for double standardsby SAVIOUS KWINIKA
JOHANNESBURGI– A Swaziland pro-democracy group condemned Zulu King, Goodwill Zwelithini, for demanding the deportation of foreign nationals from South Africa.
According to the Swaziland Solidarity Network [SSN], the call borders on double standards considering Zwelithini is married to Swazi nationals and his son serves in the Swazi military.
“His (King Zwelithin) reasoning is that foreigners should not be allowed to compete with South Africans for local economic opportunities.
“This shocking declaration comes from a man who has in his harem two foreign nationals from Swaziland who live on South Africans’ taxes,” Lukhele said.
These were named as Zola Mafu and Mantfombi Dlamini. As if that was not enough hypocrisy, Zwelithini’s son Mandlesizwe Zulu is actually an employee of the Swazi army, Lukhele said.
“This is not only a case of a South African being allowed to compete with Swazis for jobs but violates South Africa’s laws,” fumed Lukhele.
He cited the South African law which stipulates a South African could not be a member of a foreign country’s armed forces arguing King Zwelithini had already violated it.
“Zwelithini’s son is not a member of the South African Defense Force and therefore cannot be deployed to any army in any capacity. He (Zwelithini) is merely breaking the law and ought to be arrested and charged.”
Lukhele’s sentiments follow comments attributed to Zwelithini suggesting foreign nationals must return “home” and not compete for opportunities with locals.
“Our guess is that he was referring to the African nationals who have been victims of mob attacks from township dwellers. As to how a grown man of such stature can inflame hatred amongst Africans with such ignorant rhetoric is truly alarming,” Lukhele said.
“Perhaps he is too ignorant to know that South Africa is signatory to treaties which allow foreigners to live and work in the country, having fled their politically volatile homes,” he said.
Lukhele praised African nationals doing business or working in South Africa.
“Unlike him (King Zwelithini) and his harem, these Africans have the dignity to actually work for their income.”
– CAJ News
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