By Henry D Gombya
South African hooligans are vowing to continue their persecution of African migrants despite a promise made by the country’s President Jacob Zuma to send the army to assist police in stopping attacks that have so far claimed at least seven lives and injured hundreds more.
Responding to worldwide disgust and condemnation of violent attacks in which African migrants were attacked and burnt to death or seriously injured after the Zulu king, Goodwill Zwelithini allegedly told his countrymen that Africans who had settled in his country were like ‘lice’ and needed to be ‘uprooted from South Africa, President Zuma has sent in the army to assist the country’s police that many claimed simply looked on and at times even smiled approvingly as the migrants were burnt tor hacked to death. Zwelithini has since rescinded those words and claimed his comments had been misquoted.
Denying his speech had led to the xenophobic attacks, King Goodwill Zwelithini kaBekhuzulu, to use his full names, said people should give the Human Rights Commission which has been asked to look into these attacks, enough time to carry out its investigations. The investigations, he opined, should include checking the role played by the media: “What I see in newspapers is that people are fed lies. I still challenge people to come with the full speech I made. It is important to know how it all started,” the king was quoted as saying.