WATCH: Zulu king warns against expropriation of land under traditional leaders

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Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini elaborated on his comments on foreign nationals during an officiating ceremony for a new chief in Jozini, KwaZulu-Natal on Saturday, 18 April 2015.

DURBAN - Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini warned those calling for the expropriation of the land under traditional leaders at a circumcision campaign in Durban on Friday.

This follows remarks made by former president Kgalema Motlanthe last week that some traditional leaders were behaving like village dictators.

He urged the African National Congress (ANC) to pay attention to land tenure rights in rural areas under traditional leaders which irked the Zulu king.

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"We are shocked that there are those who are saying the ANC must distance itself from us. They are saying we must stop this good working relationship. They say the government must take our land. They are provoking us. On that matter, I&39;m saying they must stop it because no one will gain should a war break out. We don&39;t want that, because we know that when there is a war, people from all sides are killed.

"We don&39;t want a war because our grandfathers have been there. As we sit here, we are the products of that fearless generation. We are therefore saying please pray for those of us who are at the forefront," the Zulu king said.