Contractors inspect EFF house in Nkandla

2015-04-07 16:25
Sthandiwe Hlongwane's house, with President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla homestead in the background. (Amanda Khoza, News24)

Sthandiwe Hlongwane's house, with President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla homestead in the background. (Amanda Khoza, News24)

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Pietermaritzburg - The woman living in the controversial EFF donated house in Nkandla confirmed on Tuesday that contractors had come to inspect the house that is busy falling apart.

EFF leader Julius Malema on Monday conceded that the house, neighbouring President Jacob Zuma's sprawling homestead in rural KwaZulu-Natal, was on the verge of collapse because of shoddy construction.

Malema told News24 that he would “solve the matter once and for all” and that “the house would be demolished and rebuilt”.

“They came and took pictures and told me that they would return tomorrow [Wednesday]. I am just happy that something is finally being done,” said Sthandiwe Hlongwane, 32.

She was handed the house in January last year as part of Malema’s 2014 election campaign.

Hlongwane told News24 that although she was grateful for the house, she feared that the house was on the brink of collapsing.

She also said that she had become the laughing stock of the ANC-dominated Nxamalala community.

During a tour of her the two-bedroom home she showed News24 how the roof had started slumping because of the heavy tiles on the roof.

There were cracks on the walls and the family was still forced to use an outside toilet because the water system was not connected.

Repairs

After visiting the house on Tuesday, EFF’s Uthungulu regional secretary Nkululeko Ngubane, said his party would fix the house.

“The ceiling is the problem. The president [Julius Malema] sent a team of contractors from Durban to come and inspect the house…They will make a decision as to what must happen with the house,” said Ngubane.

“We need to get closure because we don’t want to make it seem like we came to Nkandla last year to get votes. I saw the cracks and the problems, but the contractors are the ones that are going to take care of it.  They will do the assessment and the necessary repairs,” said Ngubane.

He said he was shocked to hear that Hlongewane had received calls from “opportunists that wanted to help her with the house”.

“These are other political parties and people that want to attack the EFF. Those people need to identify other poor people and families. They mustn’t be opportunistic; there are so many other poor families around Nkandla.”

He said poverty was rife in Nkandla.

“We thought that by doing this for Hlongwane, the president [Jacob Zuma] would stand up and help his other neighbours, but nothing has changed since we left the area. If people are feeling energetic and helpful they must find other poor people to help in Nkandla or other places around South Africa,” he said.

Ngubane also admitted that there was poor workmanship.

“But this is because of the constant harassment that we had to work under. The environment was not conducive. We hope that this time they will let us work in peace,” pleaded Ngubane.

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