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Zulu king calls for an end to conflict between Africans and Indians amid violent protests

AmaZulu King Misuzulu kaZwelithini has called for an end to the conflict between the people of his nation and Indians in KwaZulu-Natal in the wake of ongoing violent protests and mass looting in the province.

On Wednesday, the Zulu king briefed the media following the riots, which descended to rampant looting, that have rocked KwaZulu-Natal in recent days.

The destructive demonstrations, which started as #FreeZuma protests following the arrest of former president Jacob Zulu last week, escalated to violence and looting, with protesting crowds setting a number of shops and properties alight in several cities and towns across the province.

The civil unrest stoked up racial tensions in the province, including in Phoenix, an Indian town in Durban.

It was reported that looters at the town allegedly began breaking into local houses forcing Phoenix residents to barricade roads to protect the area from violent protesters.

It was also reported that there were clashes between people of Indian descent and protesters, a majority who are Africans, in parts of Durban, with Indians in one area allegedly burning an informal settlement largely populated by Africans.

Briefing the media on Wednesday, King Misuzulu called for an end to the conflict between the two groups.

The Zulu king said his subjects and Indians in the province have for years lived in peace and harmony and that the recent clashes between the two groups left him distraught.

Watch the king’s briefing courtesy of eNCA:

The king urged his subjects to lead by example and desist from acts of violence and further advised the Zulu nation that it should not allow politics to taint its dignity.

“We are much better than this,” King Misuzulu said, adding that his subjects should respect The Rule of Law and restore order in the province.

During the briefing, the Zulu king condemned the violent protests that have rocked the province and spread to Gauteng.

He said it was disheartening that most of the people accused of breaking the law during the protests are members of the Zulu nation, which brings it to shame.

That king said he is cognizant that hopelessness brought on by poverty and unemployment has motivated people, especially the youth, to take part in the violent protests.

He said it was, however, imperative that he calls on all the protesters to take stock and account for the damage that has been done.

Misuzulu said what was more worrisome was that the civil unrest has adversely impacted the economy of the country, which will ultimately hit the poor the hardest.

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