EFF Nkandla house recipient not destitute

By Drum Digital
26 January 2014

A woman who received a house from the EFF near President Jacob Zuma's controversial Nkandla homestead is far from destitute, the Sunday Times reported.

On January 11, Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema attended a ceremony in Nkandla to hand over a house his party built to S'thandiwe Hlongwane and her children.

The newspaper reported that Hlongwane is married to a senior archivist at the KwaZulu-Natal department of arts and culture, who earns around R250,000 a year.

Hlongwane and her husband, Lucky Nene, own at least two other properties and a VW Polo and a Toyota Hilux.

Last year Hlongwane reportedly took Malema to the ramshackle home where she was brought up.

Malema said that, as far as he knew, Hlongwane was an unmarried mother of two.

Asked why she had accepted the house from the EFF, Hlongwane said: "They just wanted to help a poor family".

Nene said he tried to seek advice from Zuma, his wife Sizakele Khumalo, a local chief and the local ANC councillor, before his wife accepted the house.

-by Sapa

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