The SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has completed its preliminary investigation into alleged utterances against foreigners by Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini, which were said to have sparked xenophobic attacks in some parts of the country earlier this year.
Zwelithini, as a respondent, and 31 other complainants will be served with the preliminary report today. The king came under fire for his comments which he allegedly made in KwaZulu-Natal, his home province.
While delivering a speech during a memorial regeneration event, he had purportedly told the Pongola community in northern KwaZulu-Natal foreign nationals should be sent home as they were seizing economic opportunities meant for locals.
The commission received 31 different complaints between April and June this year through its provincial offices. The complainants alleged the utterances made by the king amounted to hate speech against foreign nationals. “The commission has now completed its investigation, and has prepared its preliminary report in this regard,” SAHRC spokesperson Isaac Mangena said in a statement.
“This process is an opportunity for the complainants and the respondent to comment on the preliminary findings and recommendations of the commission, before the commission issues the final report.”
The commission has given the parties an opportunity to provide feedback, or comments, if any, at the latest by the end of January 2016. The commission expects to release the final report by the end of February.