House not the reason

2016-02-24 06:00

DURBAN. – President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla neighbour Sthandiwe Hlongwane, a former EFF member, on Friday (19/02) said she knew her president would be happy that she had gone back to the ANC.

The unemployed 32-year-old former EFF member was welcomed back to the party by ANC Youth League President Collen Maine in Nkandla on Thursday (18/02). Maine was conducting door-to-door visits in Nkandla, KwaZulu-Natal.

EFF leader Julius Malema had a house built for Hlongwane in January 2014 as part of the party’s general election campaign. As soon as the house was handed over, the roof caved in, the walls and the tiles cracked – and it had no running water.

Hlongwane made several attempts to inform Malema about the house and eventually the EFF leader sent contractors to have the house demolished and rebuilt. However, this did not happen. Instead, the contractors plastered the inside and the outside of the house, levelled the veranda, put in new ceiling boards and installed an outside sink. Hlongwane said the poorly-constructed house was not the reason behind her sudden about-turn.

“Last month, I was sitting at home thinking about everything that has happened and I thought that it was time to go back home. I was not happy with the EFF anymore.”

She said it was unfortunate that she had been labelled, by some, as having used the EFF to have a house built.

“I did not choose the EFF, I did not even know about the party until that day. I voted for them to show my gratitude for what they had done for me.”

She said she was going to vote for the ANC in the next general elections.

The EFF was not immediately available for comment. – News24

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