EFF members, led by their Commander in Chief Julius Malema, were in Nkandla to hand over a house to a destitute woman and her grandchildren. The house was built by EFF a few hundred metres away from President Jacob Zuma’s home.
A heavy police presence monitored the situation. According to reports, 70 police cars, as well as Nyalas, riot vehicles and a police tow truck lined the road as a helicopter flew overhead. Despite this, some ANC supporters started throwing stones at Malema and other EFF members when they arrived. The police had to intervene using rubber bullets, water canons and teargas. It is reported that 30 ANC members were arrested after this incident. They are expected to appear in the Nkandla Magistrate’s Court on Monday on charges of public violence.
Some believe that EFF chose Nkandla in order to send a message that Zuma focuses on enriching himself and his family while failing to improve the lives of those in need. However, in a press statement released on Friday, EFF National Spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said, “This is part of the many outreach programs of the EFF aimed at improving vulnerable people’s conditions.”