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ICC to investigate hate speech against King Zwelithini

Wednesday 29 April 2015 20:42

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Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini is in hot water over his alleged comment that foreigners should pack their bags and go home.

Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini is in hot water over his alleged comment that foreigners should pack their bags and go home.(SABC)

The International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague has acknowledged receipt of a complaint from a Nigerian Human Rights Organisation to investigate a complaint of hate speech against Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini.

Last week the organisation wrote to the ICC Prosecutor following attacks on foreign nationals in South Africa which have claimed seven lives and displaced thousands.

Zwelithini reportedly said that foreigners should pack their bags and go home. The office of the Prosecutor says the communication has been duly entered in the Communications Register of the Office.

Attempts to get a response from the Zulu Royal House were unsuccessful.

The Chairperson of the South African Human Rights Commission, Laurence Mushwana has also confirmed that his office is receiving threats after it started investigating Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini.

The African Diaspora and at least 23 individuals have asked the Commission to investigate the king, following allegations that his remarks had partly led to xenophobic attacks.

Mushwana says they have already identified an individual who made threats against the Commission's staff members.

Click below to listen to Mushwana:

Meanwhile, President Jacob Zuma has officially informed the National Council of Provinces that he's deployed 338 soldiers to help the Police quash any further attacks on foreigners in KwaZulu-Natal, Gauteng and any other area where the need may arise.

Zuma says the soldiers will remain on the streets until June 30th, costing the country just over R4.2 million.

The President is required by the Constitution to report to Parliament whenever he deploys members of the National Defence Force anywhere.

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