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Zulu king in South Africa condemns anti-immigrant violence

Published:Tuesday | April 21, 2015 | 4:00 AM

JOHANNESBURG (AP):

The Zulu king in South Africa has condemned recent deadly attacks on immigrants following reported comments in which he said foreigners should leave the country.

Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini, an influential figure among the Zulu ethnic group, said the violence was unacceptable, in a speech yesterday at a sports stadium in Durban, a coastal city where six people have died in anti-immigrant violence since the end of March.

The king has been under scrutiny for earlier remarks deemed to be critical of immigrants, many of them from other African countries, who are living in South Africa. Those remarks came shortly before the unrest.

Riots spread to parts of Johannesburg. Authorities have arrested three suspects in the killing of a Mozambican man in the city's Alexandra township this past weekend.