Nkandla family hoodwink Malema - report

2014-01-26 08:07
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Durban - An Nkandla family seem to have pulled the wool over the eyes of Economic Freedom Fighter leader Julius Malema by accepting a new house from the controversial leader despite them not being poverty stricken.

According to the Sunday Times, S’thandiwe Hlongwane appeared to have led Malema to believe she was a single mother of two children living in a mud hut that badly needed repairs.

This was far from the truth however. Instead she is married to a senior state official who earns about R250 000 a year and who owns at least two other houses.

Last year the EFF was inspired to build Hlongwane a new house after she allegedly showed them the hut she was staying in. When asked why she had accepted the new house, Hlongwane said the EFF had just wanted to help a poor family.

However, at the time of the handover of the house, Malema and his supporters were pelted with rocks and stones by local community members.

Safety fears

Earlier in the month Hlongwane said she feared she and her family could be attacked, The Sowetan reported.

Thirty ANC supporters were arrested after the Economic Freedom Fighters handed over the house they had built for Hlongwane, and were allegedly pelted with rocks by ANC protesters.

Hlongwane told The Sowetan: "I was glad when I was offered the house but I was not aware it would cause all of this [violence]".

"I now fear that myself and my family members could be attacked."

However, she did not intend moving from the area.


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