LISTEN IN ENGLISH: King Goodwill Zwelithini lays into foreigners

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FILE image. Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini, at the annual Reed Dance on August 31 at the Enyokeni Royal Palace in Nongoma in KwaZulu-Natal.

FILE image. Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini, at the annual Reed Dance on August 31 at the Enyokeni Royal Palace in Nongoma in KwaZulu-Natal.

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FILE image. Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini, at the annual Reed Dance on August 31 at the Enyokeni Royal Palace in Nongoma in KwaZulu-Natal.

FILE image. Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini, at the annual Reed Dance on August 31 at the Enyokeni Royal Palace in Nongoma in KwaZulu-Natal.

Note: This version includes English subtitles.

DURBAN – There has been speculation as to whether Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini’s recent comments sparked violent attacks between locals and foreign nationals in KwaZulu-Natal.

Since the speech, the king’s spokespeople have claimed he was misinterpreted and was in fact referring only to undocumented foreigners.
 
So we decided to translate exactly what the King said when he spoke in Pongola last month.
 
Please note this is a direct translation, and there are some references to Zulu idioms which we have left as they are.

This extract from the speech was translated with the assistance of Zulu academics.