Nkandla a no-go area for Zille

Thando Mgaga and Siyabulela Dzanibe

DA LEADER Helen Zille’s attempt to march on President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla homestead yesterday ended in retreat amid threats of stone-throwing and other violence.

About 120 angry ANC members – who had been bused in by the party’s Musa Dladla regional leadership – warned a defiant Zille to go back to the Western Cape and deal with its challenges instead of “snooping” on Zuma.

The presence of about 100 police officers, some from the tactical response team, and a helicopter hovering over the Zuma compound prevented what might have turned into a bloody battle.

Zille and her six-member delegation, including DA youth chairman Mbali Ntuli, Limpopo DA leader Jacques Smalle and DA KwaZulu-Natal chairman Haniff Hoosen, were escorted to Zuma’s home village by a 30-member police tactical team that met her convoy at Eshowe, 50km from Nkandla.

On the stretch of road to Zuma’s house more armed police greeted Zille but prevented her from getting closer to the compound.

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