Malema is not welcome in Nkandla say locals

Lungani Zungu

Describing it as “in the best interest of the nation,” EFF leader Julius Malema has revealed that he would meet former president Jacob Zuma in Nkandla for tea.

“It could happen this weekend,” he said on Twitter on Wednesday.

But Nkandla locals still hold a grudge against him. 

Resident Sibongile Hadebe accused Malema of leading the onslaught against Zuma which resulted in his fall on Valentine’s Day 2018. 

“I’m sorry I can’t forgive Malema for what he did to Mkhulu. He is not welcome here in Nkandla.”

When told that Zuma had already agreed to meet Malema, she said: “I don’t care, but he is not welcome here.”

Sicelo Ndlela said: “Malema made a mockery of Zuma in Parliament. What he did is unforgivable. I will never celebrate him coming here to Nkandla.”

Zuma’s brother Khanya said as long as Malema was there to apologise he welcomed the visit.

“The two are old friends so if they want to fix their relationship then let them be,” he said.

The last time Malema set foot in Nkandla was ahead of the 2014 elections when he was there to hand over a house to Zuma’s neighbour, Sthandiwe Hlongwane, but things got messy when EFF supporters clashed with Zuma’s backers. 

Malema, once a great supporter of Zuma, once vowed to take up arms and kill for Zuma, but their relationship soured in 2012 when Malema was expelled from the ruling party.

Malema’s time for revenge came in 2014 when the EFF won 25 parliamentary seats in the elections.

The two allies-turned-foes are yet to share more details about this weekend’s meeting.

Picture source: @AdvoBarryRoux