Large police presence in Nkandla for EFF house handover

2014-01-11 13:14

There was a sizeable police presence in Nkandla, near President Jacob Zuma’s homestead, ahead of a handover by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) of a house in the town.

Today police erected a roadblock about 1km from the house the EFF built for a woman and her children. They thoroughly searched all vehicles passing through.

The house was 300 metres from the perimeter fence of Zuma’s residence.

Earlier, a group of about 40 police officers in riot gear were briefed near the entrance to the EFF house.

About 70 police cars, as well as nyalas, riot vehicles and a police tow-truck lined the road. A helicopter flew overhead.

A group of EFF members, wearing the party’s distinctive red berets, were putting the final touches to the roof of the home. The walls of the house were freshly plastered.

A marquee with chairs was set up next to the house. About two hundred African National Congress supporters gathered on the road near Zuma’s home, singing.

They later began marching, escorted by police, who made sure they remained on the right side of the road. Several of them wore T-shirts bearing Zuma’s face.

The EFF said on Friday that its leader, Julius Malema, would not inspect Zuma’s Nkandla homestead.

EFF “central command team” member Sipho Mbatha said: “He is not going to visit the palace. We don’t want things to get too excited.”

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