The Zulu king, Goodwill Zwelithini says the killing of white farmers in South Africa should be condemned by all and not just the white community.
King Zwelithini charged the entire nation to unite against racism and quit regarding it as a problem for those being discriminated against.
According to the king, South Africa’s reconciliation initiatives aren’t working because the people won’t stop thinking they belonged to a group instead of being part of South Africa. He said:
“If we are being honest with ourselves, these…initiatives have failed to take us forward from our sad past. We tolerate rather than embrace each other.
If someone has been called a monkey that should shock the whole nation, not just black people, because such statements take us back as a nation.
If a farmer is killed there should be widespread condemnation of such acts, not only from white farmers, but from all of us because the victim is a South African irrespective of where he comes from.”
Last month, the Democratic Alliance (DA) party lamented that 30 farms have being attacked. And, that 15 people have lost their lives in farm murders across the country since the beginning of the month – February.
“We simply cannot allow for these horrendous acts to continue and for our rural communities to live in constant fear.
“The DA will continue to call on government to implement rural safety units to protect rural communities against violent crime,” the party stated then.
Meanwhile, King Zwelithini further expressed that South Africans would go beyond tolerating themselves and embrace each other if they accept the truth.
Stressing that racial groups of the country depended on each other, the king called for the introduction of grass-root reconciliation programs.
“Let’s come up with programs to visit communities in Chatsworth, Phoenix, KwaMashu or Inanda when there are problems between Africans and Indians communities,” he said.
“…The history of the Zulu nation would not be complete without the history of the Indian communities, and the history of English people, Afrikaners and Germans.
“In short, I am saying let us put a stop to all the glittering functions meant to discuss reconciliation. Let us go to the communities on the ground who are affected (and) encourage reconciliation.”
King Zwelithini made the remarks while he delivering a speech at the official opening of the KwaZulu-Natal legislature in Pietermaritzburg.
Among other things, the Zulu king proclaimed that South Africa needs young leaders.
“The leadership I am referring to should be demonstrated when you have challenges in health, education or looking for work. Solve problems as opposed to exacerbating them and protect future generations,” the king buttressed.