Johannesburg - Inkatha Freedom Party’s (IFP) President Emeritus, Inkosi Mangosuthu Buthelezi, on Sunday had a tough time trying to address a crowd about dangers of the ongoing xenophobic violence in Johannesburg.
Buthelezi had to first plead for calm and later had to shout curses as the crowd of about 5000 people that had gathered at Julie's Park in Johannesburg ran amok when he told them to accept foreign nationals who are legally living in the country.
His speech was disrupted several times and headmen (Izinduna) that came from the city's hostels had to intervene to plead for calm. However, the attempt yielded no results as the disruptive crowd insisted on expelling all foreign nationals, implying that they are behind some crimes and high unemployment rate in the country.
Speaking to the crowd in Zulu, Buthelezi put the blame on the influx of undocumented foreign nationals in the country on the constitution which says the country belongs to all those who live in it.
“This is the reason why we have so many troubles in the country. This was caused by us when we were drafting the constitution after freedom. I understand your concerns about unemployment and the stagnating economy… I understand your concerns and those from foreign and have concerns as well” Buthelezi said in Zulu, adding that the concerns “has not come out of nowhere”.