Seven killed in anti-immigrant clashes this month
* King says comments taken “out of context”, attacks “vile” (Adds link to graphic)
By Peroshni Govender
DURBAN, South Africa, – South Africa’s influential Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini described recent anti-immigrant attacks as “vile” on Monday, defending himself against claims previous comments he made about foreigners sparked the unrest.
Police said on Monday its officers had arrested three people linked to the killing on Saturday of Mozambican man Emmanuel Sithole. Disturbing pictures of men beating and stabbing Sithole in broad daylight were published in the Sunday Times, fuelling calls for the police to do more to protect immigrants.
“We need to make sure no more foreigners are attacked. We must stop these vile acts,” Zwelithini told thousands of supporters at a stadium in Durban, during a speech the popular leader hoped would restore calm among his followers.