Zim­bab­weans wel­come in SA: Zulu prince

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

“I’m de­lighted to be here at this won­der­ful gath­er­ing. We want a peace­ful con­ti­nent and lead­ers who fear God. I wish a good stay for Zim­bab­weans in South Africa. Zim­bab­weans are wel­come in South Africa at any time. My fa­ther rep­re­sents 20 mil­lion Zu­lus and he is a very peace­ful man de­spite a lot of neg­a­tive things re­ported in the me­dia,” he said.

Prince Nh­langan­iso, who was ac­com­pa­nied by Princess Wandile Mkhize, said a peace­ful na­tion was a pros­per­ous na­tion. His fa­ther, King Zwelithini, was blamed for in­cit­ing deadly xeno­pho­bic vi­o­lence in South Africa last year.

He, how­ever, said he had been mis­quoted when he was quoted as say­ing, “for­eign­ers must pack their bags and go home” dur­ing a speech last year.

The in­flu­en­tial monarch was ac­cused of spark­ing the at­tacks that left at least seven peo­ple dead and dis­placed more than 5 000. How­ever, King Zwelithini said the re­marks, made in the Zulu lan­guage, had been mis­con­strued and only re­ferred to the de­por­ta­tion of il­le­gal im­mi­grants.

Ad­dress­ing the same pil­grims at the clos­ing cer­e­mony, Dr Mu­tendi en­cour­aged peo­ple to pro­mote peace and love from the fam­ily level to na­tional level. He said the na­tion needs peace at all costs. Dr Mu­tendi en­cour­aged Zim­bab­weans to work for their fam­i­lies, church and their na­tion say­ing peo­ple should not be used by out­siders to cause may­hem and dis­or­der in the coun­try.

He said some for­eign­ers pro­tect their coun­tries and their lead­ers but come here to use lo­cals to do the op­po­site.

Rev Mu­tendi founded the ZCC in 1913 and died in 1976 — @pchi­tumba1.

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