King Goodwill Zwelithini has called for foreign nationals living in South Africa to go home, saying it was unacceptable that locals were being made to compete with people from other countries for the few economic opportunities available.
“We are requesting those who come from outside to please go back to their countries,” Zwelithini said. “The fact that there were countries that played a role in the country’s struggle for liberation should not be used as an excuse to create a situation where foreigners are allowed to inconvenience locals.
“I know you were in their countries during the struggle for liberation. But the fact of the matter is you did not set up businesses in their countries,” he said at a moral regeneration event in Pongolo.
According to a report in The Citizen, the king’s remarks are made against the backdrop of rising tensions between foreign nationals and locals in the wake of recent xenophobic attacks in the country.
The violence began in Soweto, Gauteng, in January and later spread to KwaZulu-Natal, where it has claimed three lives so far.
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