Xenophobia: South African President Ramaphosa Condemns Attack On Foreigners

File photo of President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa addresses a public meeting PHOTO: RODGER BOSCH/AFP

 

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Tuesday in a series of tweets condemned the xenophobic attacks and the violence in his country.

The president said in order to put an end to the violence, he will hold a meeting with his ministers.

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“I’m convening the ministers in the security cluster today to make sure that we keep a close eye on these acts of wanton violence and find ways of stopping them,” he said.

 

Ramaphosa also stressed that there is no justification for the attacks by South Africans on foreigners resident in the country, noting that, “The people of our country want to live in harmony; whatever concerns or grievances we may have, we need to handle them in a democratic way. There can be no justification for any South African to attack people from other countries.”

He also expressed pain, support, solidarity, and love to the families, friends and loved ones of victims of the violence.

 

Read his tweets reacting to the xenophobic violence below…

 

Ramaphosa Cuts Short London Trip Over South Africa’s Violent Protests

Ramaphosa To Address Rally As South Africa Deadlock Tightens
File Photo: South African President Cyril Ramaphosa PHOTO: RODGER BOSCH / AFP

 

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Friday returned early from a summit in London to rush to the scene of violent demonstrations in North West province, where at least 23 people have been arrested.

Ramaphosa, who took power in February, expressed “serious concern” over the clashes between police and protesters, and called for calm as he faced one of the first major challenges of his presidency.

Violent protests are common in South Africa, but North West province has been a hotbed of unrest due to boiling frustration over lack of housing, health services and jobs.

Television images showed police firing rubber bullets on Friday morning to break up crowds of protesters in Mahikeng, the provincial capital, shortly before Ramaphosa was due to arrive.

Footage from Thursday showed thick smoke rising into the air in and around the city, while protesters looted shops and burned vehicles overnight.

Ramaphosa called in a statement for “all aggrieved parties to express their grievances through peaceful means and engagement rather than violence and anarchy.”

He also urged security forces to “exercise maximum restraint”.

Local media said one person was thought to have died in the demonstrations, which erupted earlier this week.

The trigger for the unrest was reportedly the death on Tuesday of two patients at a health clinic that was closed due to a month-long dispute over health workers’ salaries and contracts.

Anger over graft

Much of the anger has been directed at Supra Mahumapelo, the provincial premier, who is accused of involvement in the government graft scandals that have engulfed the ruling ANC (African National Congress) party.

The border to neighbouring Botswana was closed due to the violence, according to Botswanan officials, while schools, shops, offices and government services across North West province were shut on Friday.

“We are doing our best to keep the situation under control,” police spokesman Sabata Mokgwabone told ENCA television. “We asked for reinforcement from other provinces and head offices.”

Ramaphosa had been attending the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London where he was leading a government delegation.

He was due to address an urgent meeting in Mahikeng at 12pm (1000 GMT) alongside other senior ANC officials.

New leadership

Ramaphosa, who took over as leader of the ruling African National Congress in December, replaced Jacob Zuma as national president earlier this year.

Zuma’s nine-year tenure saddled South Africa with weak growth, ballooning national debt, depressed investor confidence and record unemployment.

The ANC forced Zuma from office in February largely due to his mounting legal challenges and multiple corruption scandals, and the party has distanced itself from its former leader.

Ramaphosa has vowed to crack down on government corruption, which he has admitted is a serious problem, and improve South Africa’s ability to attract foreign investment.

Unemployment is at a record high of about 28 percent, with youth unemployment reaching over 50 percent in many areas.

Zuma appeared in court earlier this month at a preliminary hearing on graft charges that he denies.

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Thousands March In South Africa Against Zuma

Thousands Expected To March In South Africa Against Jacob ZumaThousands of protesters are staging a multi-city protest against President Jacob Zuma’s leadership in South Africa.

They are calling on President Zuma once again, to step down following a string of scandals.

The recent sacking of respected Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan, last Thursday has outraged allies and opponents.

The reshuffle also caused rifts in the ruling African National Congress (ANC), which has governed South Africa since the end of the ‘white-minority rule’ in 1994.

Similarly, S&P Global Ratings cited Gordhan’s dismissal as one reason for its downgrade of South Africa to “junk” in an unscheduled review on Monday.

The Rand has tumbled more than 11 per cent since March 27, when President Zuma ordered Mr Gordhan to return home from overseas talks with investors, days before firing him from the cabinet.

South Africa: Zuma Sacks Finance Minister, 14 Others

Jacob Zuma, South AfricaThere are strong indications that 15 ministers of the South African cabinet might have been sacked.

This comes as part of the fall out of an urgent meeting of the African National Congress (ANC) convened on Thursday night by President Jacob Zuma.

According to report, no names have been released, although it is said that nine ministers and six deputies have been fired.

At an earlier news briefing, it was gathered that President Zuma had hinted on his intention to remove the Minister of Finance, based on an intelligence report which stated that the Minister had set up meetings with people who could push for a change in government.

Meanwhile, a party source said that the President is considering to step down in 2018, at least 12 months before his term ends as South African President.

Mr Zuma is due to be replaced as leader of the African National Congress (ANC) at a party conference in December, after serving his allocated two terms.

‘I Am Not Afraid Of Jail,’ South Africa’s Zuma Says

Jacob ZumaSouth African President, Jacob Zuma, told supporters on Saturday that he wasn’t scared to go to prison because he had been jailed during apartheid.

It was his first public appearance since investigators documented signs of government corruption.

The Public Protector, an anti-graft watchdog, in a report last week asked a judge to investigate whether Zuma, cabinet members and some state companies acted improperly in their dealings with wealthy Indian businessmen, Reuters reports.

The Gupta brothers, Ajay, Atul and Rajesh, who are friends of Zuma and work with his son, have been accused of influencing cabinet appointments and securing sweetheart government tenders. Zuma and the Guptas deny any wrongdoing.

Thousands of protesters called for the president to resign after the 355-page probe was released and some opposition politicians said Zuma should face criminal charges.

“I’m not afraid of jail. I’ve been to jail during the struggle,” Zuma told a cheering crowd in his home Kwa-Zulu Natal province. Zuma spent 10 years as a political prisoner on Robben Island with Nelson Mandela during white-minority rule.

“There’s no longer any space for democratic debate. The only space there is for court arguments by lawyers. That’s not democracy,” Zuma added.

The Public Protector’s investigation stopped short of saying crimes had been committed, but recommended a judge take the investigation forward.

In one case, the report cited “extraordinary and unprecedented” government intervention in a private business dispute involving Zuma’s friends and his son.

This, it said, may have created “a possible conflict of interest between the President as head of state and his private interest as a friend and father”.

Zuma faces a no-confidence vote in parliament next week. He has survived two similar votes this year, backed by the support of his African National Congress (ANC) which controls about two-thirds of the assembly.

Zuma Drops Bid To Delay Gupta Report Amid Opposition Protest

zumaSouth African President, Jacob Zuma on Wednesday dropped a court bid to delay the release of a report over alleged influence peddling in government as thousands marched in the capital Pretoria against the president.

The affair has rattled markets in Africa’s most industrialized economy, which faces the risk of ratings downgrades later this year. Divisions within the African National Congress (ANC) have widened since the ruling party suffered its worst-ever local election results in August.

The rand strengthened by 1.5 percent and bonds firmed in response to the news of the withdrawal of the bid to delay the report. Analysts said allowing the report to be released was an indication the country still had strong institutions.

The release of the report by the Public Protector, a constitutionally mandated anti-graft official, was suspended on Oct. 14 after Zuma’s application to the High Court. The hearing, which started on Tuesday, continued on Wednesday with legal wrangling over when the report should be released now that Zuma had withdrawn his bid to hold it up.

Thousands of people gathered at various points in the city. Some carried “Zuma must go” placards outside the court.

Zuma’s lawyer Anthea Platt told the court she had been instructed to withdraw the application and offer to pay the costs for the hearing, giving no explanation of the reasons for the decision. Zuma’s spokesman did not answer phone calls, email or text messages for comment.

Protesters also demanded that state prosecutor Shaun Abrahams be removed from office. Abrahams had pressed charges of fraud against Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, but then dropped them on Monday after popular support from both the political and corporate realms for Gordhan.

Supporters of Gordhan and sympathetic financial analysts say all the charges could be a ploy by Zuma and his allies to discredit a finance minister who stood in the way of their securing access to lucrative government contracts. The president has denied that he is in conflict with Gordhan.

The Nelson Mandela Foundation, a charity founded by South Africa’s first black president, blamed Zuma on Tuesday for the “wheels coming off” South Africa.

About forty CEOs of mostly listed companies, including technology investment firm Naspers, Africa’s biggest company by market value, and Standard Bank, the continent’s biggest bank by assets, have also joined in calls for new political leadership.

“The things that are wrong, whether in the public or private sector, we will stand up against them,” said Jabu Mabuza, Chairman Telkom, the partially-privatized former monopoly telecoms firm, told a media conference.

Since taking office in 2009, Zuma, 74, has survived several corruption scandals almost unscathed, with the backing of top echelons of the ANC.

But near record unemployment has exacerbated discontent with Zuma’s government, which also failed to end weeks of often violent student demonstrations over the cost of university education.

“This means Zuma must now step down,” said Azaria Khambani, 33, a security guard taking part in the protests when he heard that Zuma had withdrawn the court challenge.

Jay Jacobs, 40, who also works in the security industry, said: “We will not leave Pretoria until Zuma goes. He must take the Guptas with him to jail.”

Ruling ANC, Zuma Face Test In South Africa Polls

Jacob-Zuma-ANCThe people of South Africa have trooped out in large numbers to vote in local elections perceived as a test for President Jacob Zuma and the ruling African National Congress (ANC).

There was heavy security presence at the polls after a number of ANC local councilors were shot dead.

The tragedy is assumed to be the outcome of a hidden crisis in the final weeks of the campaigns.

The election reveals that the ANC, who has been ruling since 1994, might lose dominance in three major cities of Pretoria, Port Elizabeth and Johannesburg.

President Zuma has had to weather the scandal, after being ordered to refund taxpayers’ money spent on his private home.

Some senior officials of the party have asked the South African President to step aside, as a result of the scandal and the weak economy.

South Africa Marks 22nd Freedom Day

South Africa-Freedom DaySouth Africa is celebrating the 22nd anniversary of its first multi-racial elections.

In the course of the Freedom Day celebration, South African President, Jacob Zuma, and top government officials addressed packed arena across the country.

However, some civil society groups gathered in Johannesburg and the country’s capital, Cape Town to call for the President’s resignation.

In his reaction, President Zuma who was addressing a huge crowd in Limpopo, said: “Do not let those who choose to ignore our achievements, tell us we are a failing nation”.

Freedom Day is a South African public holiday celebrated on April 27 of every year.

It celebrates freedom and commemorates the first post-apartheid elections held in 1994.

The polls were the first non-racial national elections where everyone who is above 18 years from any racial group, including foreign citizens permanently resident in South Africa was allowed to vote.

During the apartheid government, citizens from non-whites racial groups had only limited rights to vote.

Government Does Not Check Foundations Of Bilateral Relationships – Expert

Bola AkinterinwaThe Director General of the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs (NIIA) has frowned against the government not checking the foundations of any bilateral relationship.

Professor Bola Akinterinwa was a guest on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Wednesday.

“The most unfortunate aspect of the bilateral relationship is that the foundation of the relationship is hardly looked into before we negotiate and make policy pronouncement. Nobody is interested in looking at the foundational dynamic.

“The foundation, basically, borders on how Nigeria is perceived in the foreign policy calculations of South Africa”, he explained.

Giving his opinion on the impact of the South African President’s visit to Nigeria, Professor Akinterinwa said that the impacts are enormous, but depends on what Nigeria would lay emphasis on.

“What is the declared intention of the visit as distinct from the undeclared?.

“Put it differently, why do you have a state visit in which the technocrats would be involved and then suddenly, you go into the level of tete a tete and all others would be excluded?.

“The undeclared intention to me, is to seek more avenues, opportunities for the people of South Africa in Nigeria. Not just to consolidate the gains, but to also increase the gains,” he maintained.

Speaking further about the sector to increase the gains, the NIIA boss said: “It is left for the South African leader to define. Not even our own government can define why he chose to come at this critical time, bearing in mind that presidential visits are not just prepared for, in one day or month.

“The declared purpose of the visit was to improve trade relations, increase investments and remove the irritancy of the relationship amongst others. On this basis, the impact cannot but be to change the perception of South Africa in the strategic calculations of Nigeria,” he added.

South African President, Jacob Zuma, on Tuesday hailed Nigeria’s role in helping the southern African country during its trying times.

Speaking during a joint session of the National Assembly, President Zuma said “Nigeria’s role in ending apartheid in South Africa must be told endlessly to future generations of our people.

“Nigeria provided solidarity to South Africans to unseat colonialist and we can’t forget Nigeria’s role in reparation for South Africa,” he said.

Full Text Of President Jacob Zuma’s Address At Nigeria’s National Assembly

Address by His Excellency, President J G Zuma, President of the Republic of South Africa to the National Assembly of Nigeria, on the Occasion of His State Visit, Abuja, Nigeria.

08 March 2016

Your Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria;

Honourable Senator Olubukola Abubakar Saraki, President of the Senate;

Honourable Yakubu Dogara, Speaker of the House of Representatives;

Honourable Senator Ike Ekweremadu, Vice President of the Senate;

Honourable Yusuf Lasun, Deputy Speaker of the House of Representative;

Your Lordship Mahmud Mohammed, Chief Justice Supreme Court of Nigeria;

Honourable Ministers and Ministers of State in the National Executive Council of the Federal Republic;

Your Excellencies, the Governors of the States of the Federal Republic;

The Leadership of the Senate and the House of Representatives;

Distinguished Guests;

Fellow Africans,

Allow me first to convey the fraternal greetings and felicitations of the South African Parliament to this august House of the elected people’s representatives of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

I also take this opportunity, to once more express my singular appreciation for the kind invitation extended to me by My Dear Brother and Friend, President Buhari to visit this great country.

Your invitation Mr President means a lot to us.

It tells a story of the need for our two sister countries to partner together not only to strengthen bilateral relations but also to partner together in pursuit of the continental integration, peace, security and development.

May I also express my profound gratitude for the honour bestowed to me to address the National Assembly of Nigeria.

We believe that this gesture indicates the seriousness with which the relations between South Africa and Nigeria are taken by this House.

Excellencies,

On a sad note, let me also take this opportunity to extend our deepest condolences on the passing of the Minister of State Labour of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Our thoughts are with the family, the government and people of Nigeria as you mourn this tragic loss.

Ladies and gentlemen,

Excellencies,

National Legislatures have come to play a pivotal role in the enhancement of bilateral relations between countries, evolving from their traditional roles of oversight of the executive and passage of legislation.

We are convinced that relations between the National Assembly of Nigeria and the Parliament of South Africa will grow into a cooperation that will enhance people-to-people exchanges.

We are also very pleased to stand here this afternoon in a building that symbolises democracy in Nigeria.

In 2015, the people of Nigeria proved Afro-pessimists wrong by the manner in which you conducted the elections, thus facilitating a democratic change of government.

We are incredibly proud of you as you in a profound way charted a way the entire continent needs to follow.

For that, we salute you and congratulate you once more.

Your Excellencies

This year marks the 40th Anniversary of the passing of one of the illustrious sons of Nigeria and Africa, General Murtala Mohammed. His tenure only lasted 200 days but it had a profound impact, particularly on the struggle against apartheid and colonialism in Southern Africa.

Nigeria supported the liberation struggles of the people of Southern Africa and South Africa specifically outside of the multilateral fora.

In his powerful speech to the OAU Extraordinary Summit on Angola in 1976, General Mohammed opened his address by saying and I quote:

“Mr Chairman, when I contemplate the evils of apartheid, my heart bleeds and I am sure the heart of every true blooded African bleeds.’ 

In conclusion General Mohammed said:

“Africa has come of age.” and will “no longer accept dictates from any so-called superpower.”       

It was within this context that General Murtala Mohammed, immediately after the situation in Angola was explained to him, withdrew Nigeria’s support of the OAU position calling for a Government of National Unity between the FNLA of Holden Roberto, UNITA of Jonas Savimbi and the MPLA of Augostinho Neto.

He took a firm decision for Nigeria to support the MPLA, which resonated with the position of many liberation movements in Southern Africa, including our own – the African National Congress.

It is thus clear that ours are time-tested relations. Engagements between our countries far predate the formal relations established after South Africa attained its freedom.

The people of Nigeria provided unwavering support and solidarity to the people of South Africa, to unseat the last bastion of colonialism in Africa and enable us to attain our freedom.

I would like to remind especially the youth in our two countries, of the role that Nigeria played in the struggle for liberation in South Africa.

Nigeria was very instrumental in establishing, in the 1960s and the chairing, for 25 years, the United Nations Special Committee Against Apartheid, and further hosted a UN anti-apartheid conference in 1977.

From the mid-70s, Nigeria and its people also hosted some of the exiled freedom fighters from South Africa, with numbers increasing after the Soweto Student Uprising in 1976.

By coïncidence or design, this year we also commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Soweto Students Uprising in June 1976.

June 16 is this year commemorated as the International Day of the African Child since it was first instituted by the then Assembly Heads of State of the OAU in 1991.

It is within this context that our hearts and prayers are always with the Chibok Girls who were abducted from their dormitories in April 2014 by the terrorist group Boko Haram here in Nigeria.

We remain hopeful and trust that your efforts to find and rescue those children will bear positive results.

Ladies and gentlemen,

Indeed, Nigeria’s support to liberation struggles in Southern Africa has a special place in the history of the African continent.

Acting on principle and determination to root out colonialism and apartheid, Nigeria volunteered to be part of the Frontline States, a regional group of countries in Southern Africa that were in the frontline to fight apartheid.

Nigeria provided travel documents to South African Exiles en-route to different parts of the globe to solicit support for our course;

Furthermore, Nigeria established the Southern African Relief Fund in 1976 to provide scholarships and other assistance to South African students and refugees.   Hundreds of South African students were also trained in Nigerian universities.

More importantly, Nigerian civil servants had a “Mandela Tax” deducted directly from their monthly salaries to support our struggle for liberation. This was a real selfless contribution to the cause of freedom and an end to apartheid colonialism in South Africa.

Nigeria also canvassed for and led a boycott of the Commonwealth Games within the Commonwealth Group of Nations, in 1978 and 1986.

The relations between the two countries are informed by this rich history, a history that needs to be told endlessly to current and future generations.

This history provided a context within which the establishment of formal bilateral relations in 1994 between the two countries was located.

To manage these bilateral relations, our two sister countries established the Bi-National Commission (BNC) in 1999 and its inaugural session was held here in Abuja in October 1999 under the co-chairmanship respectively, of then Deputy President Jacob Zuma and then Vice-President Atiku Abubakar.

The main objective of the BNC is to lay a firm foundation for co-operation and partnership between the two countries within the broader objectives of the African Union and with the focus of bringing Africa into the mainstream of global political, social and economic developments, for example, the consolidation of the African Agenda.

Since the inaugural meeting of the BNC, eight sessions have been held with the 8th Session taking place on 23 May 2012 in South Africa.

A total of 34 Agreements and Memoranda of Understanding have been concluded since inception of the BNC, thus demonstrating the extent and depth of our bilateral cooperation.

While we appreciate the existence of so many agreements and memoranda of understanding, we would appreciate more if their implementation could be intensified for the mutual benefit of the respective countries.

We are happy that the bilateral economic relations between the two countries have significantly improved in the last 16 years as evidenced by the growing bilateral trade figures and investments.

More than one hundred and twenty South African companies operate in Nigeria currently, a huge growth from a mere four companies in 1999.

Nonetheless, there is room for greater business to business engagements particularly in the areas Nigeria has identified as potential growth sectors.

These include the diversification of the economy, namely electricity generation and supply, agriculture and agro-processing, tourism development including the hospitality sector, mining, banking, infrastructure development, aviation, manufacturing and the automotive sector.

We must strive for the diversification of our economies, so as to cast the net wide enough to create more job opportunities for our people, to improve their living conditions and grow our economies through domestic resources in the first instance.

In doing this, we would break away from the colonial legacy that turned Africa into providers of primary commodities and recipients of processed goods. This is important because the current state of affairs makes Africa vulnerable to the volatilities of the international economy that sustains the uneven terms of trade.

This diversification will go further to improve the impact that Africa can have in the global economy and to reconfigure the terms of trade.

We must strive to bring the manufacturing plants closer to the sources of raw materials. South Africa and Nigeria can to a large extent complement each other towards the achievement of this.

The current global economic climate, as the previous global economic crisis, has exposed the vulnerability of our economies and currencies and thus calls for concerted efforts toward South-south and intra-Africa cooperation.

Economic cooperation between our two countries can therefore serve as bedrock of the continent’s economic cooperation and intra-Africa trade. This is the kind of leadership Africa expects South Africa and Nigeria to provide.

In this regard, South Africa’s solid minerals mining experience can contribute to solid minerals exploration in Nigeria.

Our experience in electricity generation can also be tapped into, to assist in Nigeria’s electricity generation, to name but a few.

Also important is the need to improve people to people linkages.

The South African Airways direct flight route between Johannesburg and Abuja, which commenced operations on 26th January 2015, has added to the Johannesburg and Lagos route which has been operational for a good number of years now.

The route indicates the growing relations between our two countries.

It also provides potential to boost tourism both ways. It reduces travel time between Abuja and Pretoria for intergovernmental cooperation and boosts business engagements between the two countries.

Ladies and gentlemen,

The post 2015 development agenda, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) need to be led from the front by collaboration between South Africa and Nigeria on behalf of Africa, considering that we are the biggest economies on the Continent.

We should strive not to be left behind in the fourth technological revolution.

We need to take into consideration the need to be sensitive to new environmental dynamics such as those of global warming and alternative energy sources.

Also important for us to take into account, is that the creation of a stable and peaceful environment in Africa is a prerequisite to attract more foreign direct investment to develop African Economies.

South Africa and Nigeria’s experience in the peaceful settlement of disputes, peace building and peace keeping missions is of utmost importance for progress in Africa.

In this regard South Africa has been re-elected into the AU Peace and Security Council at the recent AU Summit held in Addis Ababa in January this year.

We are ready to work with Nigeria to meaningfully feed into the work of the AU Peace and Security Council, for the good of our continent.

Your Excellencies,

South Africa and Nigeria are strategic partners in the pursuance of the African Agenda, South-South Cooperation and in the promotion of a rules-based International System.

Both countries share a common vision on issues of political and economic integration in Africa and on the need for a sustainable conflict resolution mechanism in Africa that is primarily driven by Africans.

At the global sphere, we share a common vision on the need for the reform of the multilateral institutions such as the United Nations particularly the UN Security Council.

We share the views about the reform of the international financial institutions, the IMF, the World Trade Organisation and the World Bank to be more reflective of the realities of the changed and changing international environment.

Our two countries must continue to advocate for rules-based-international system and must unite and work together in this regard, in order to achieve a more just and equal world.

Mr President and Honourable members of the Senate and House of Representatives;

Nigeria and South Africa must forge a strong strategic partnership.

We need to strengthen our political, economic social and cultural cooperation.  We need to advance the continental integration and transformation informed by the African Union’s Constitutive Act.

We need to unite and work together on the issues of peace and security.

This should include the bringing into operation of the standby forces and their capacitation.

We commit ourselves to playing our part to achieve this.

Let the citizens of Africa march together to defeat all those forces that bring harm and suffering.

Let the citizens of the continent march together towards a brighter future, a future filled with prosperity and happiness.

South Africa and Nigeria, acting together in unity, must play a key role towards the achievement of these goals.

I Thank you

 

South African President In Hospital For Gallstone Surgery

president Zuma calls President Jonathan concerning recent xenophobic attacksSouth African President Jacob Zuma was admitted to the hospital on Saturday, for a scheduled procedure to remove gallstones and was expected to be discharged Sunday, the presidency said.

“The gallstones were discovered about two months ago during a routine medical check-up.

The president’s work program did not allow for the procedure to be undertaken earlier,” a statement from Zuma’s office said.

Xenophobic Attacks: SERAP Tasks ICC On Speech By Zulu King

Zulu KingThe Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has requested the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Mrs. Fatou Bensouda to investigate allegations of hate speech by the Zulu King, Goodwill Zwelithini.

The speech by the Zulu King has been blamed for causing the killing, violence and discrimination against Nigerians and other African citizens living in South Africa.

SERAP is asking her to “bring to justice anyone who is responsible for these international crimes prohibited under the Rome Statute of the ICC”.

The organization says it considers the use of speech by the Zulu King, to promote hatred and/or incite violence against Non-nationals such as, Nigerians, particularly in the media, as a clear violation of the provisions of the Rome Statute of the ICC.

The organization argued that the statement by the Zulu king amounts to a harmful form of expression, which incites or otherwise promotes hatred, discrimination, violence and intolerance.