EFF house recipient to vote at Nkandla

Nkandla - The woman whose house was built by EFF leader Julius Malema's supporters near Jacob Zuma's Nkandla residence will be voting at the same polling station as the country's president on Wednesday.

On Tuesday evening S'thandiwe Hlongwane was standing outside her cream-coloured house, less than 500m from the controversial KwaZulu-Natal homestead, while her five-year-old son and three-year-old daughter played outside.

The 31-year old said she had only had “a few problems” from African National Congress supporters since pictures of her with Malema and Zuma's residence in the background were splashed across the front pages of the country's newspapers.

At the time of Malema's unveiling of the house in early January, police and ANC supporters fought pitched battles in the street outside. Things have been much more peaceful since then, with only a few comments about her house being made.

Hlongwane said that on Friday a small group of ANC supporters stopped outside her house with an ANC T-shirt for her.

“Comrade, we know you are lost. Malema is not going to feed you,” they told her.

She never took the T-shirt and would be standing in the queue at Ntolwane Primary School to cast her vote.

The sagging roof of her house seen on the day Malema handed it over to her was no more. She said the Economic Freedom Fighters came back to repair it after reading media reports about the shoddy workmanship.