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Mapisa-Nqakula on army deployment to Alex, Makhanya on Zulu King, Shoes tributes

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Mapisa-Nqakula on bringing in the army into Alex

Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has emphasised that the decision to deploy the SANDF (South African National Defence Force) into Alexandra on Tuesday wasn't a tough one to make. Mapisa-Nqakula was speaking to 702's John Robbie during an outside broadcast coming from the Alexandra Police Station in Northern Johannesburg:

It wasn't a tough decision, even though for the past week or so, there was a lot of pressure to bring in the army and we don't just willy nilly deploy the Defence Force. We first allow for the police to do their work, to mobilise their resources, to make sure the full forces are all out to do what they are supposed to get done.

Leadership at the local level in Alexandra have meanwhile expressed their approval of the move. Jabulani Molotsi of Alexandra's Ward 116:

I'm very happy about this because this will bring stability in our community and will assist the police with their work. We condemn the violence, what is happening is not right. Another concern is 'why does it seem this xenophobic violence only seem to be happening in our townships?'

Could Zulu King be used for political ends?

On Cape Talk's Breakfast with Kieno Kammies, City Press's editor-at-large Mondli Makhanya argues that Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini has been a used as a 'political tool' for the IFP. Makhanya claims that the Zulu Monarch continues to benefit from aligning himself with politicians. He says that the King Zwelithini now benefits quite significantly from his current relationship with President Jacob Zuma and the ANC:

He’s always been in the shadow of his uncle, Chief Mangosuthu Buthelezi, who has been the leader of the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) since its formation. The ideology of the IFP is - at its very basis - Zulu Nationalism. He used the King to the legitimize the ideology and give it currency. And the King, being very weak, played along and was manipulated. The King gave his political support to the IFP and in turn he was well taken care of by Buthelezi. The King has now moved over to the ANC.

Helman Mkhalele pays tribute to 'Shoes' Moshoeu

During 702's John Robbie Show, former Bafana mid-fielder Helman Mkhalele and fellow '96 Afcon player with the late John 'Shoes' Moshoeu spoke of his dismay at Shoes' death:

Yes, he had been sick for a while, but I wasn't expecting it because I've known Shoes as a fighter and as a hard worker andI wasn't expecting this to happen so soon.

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