What you said: EFF giving away ‘luxury’ houses is no surprise with elections around the corner

11 August 2021 - 10:30 By unathi nkanjeni
EFF leader Julius Malema handed over homes to grannies in need to commemorate Women's Day.
EFF leader Julius Malema handed over homes to grannies in need to commemorate Women's Day.
Image: Twitter/EFF

The EFF's housing initiative is a ploy to campaign for the forthcoming local government elections, according to many TimesLIVE readers. 

On Tuesday, the party's housing initiative drew mixed reactions online after EFF leader Julius Malema handed over houses to grannies in need. 

The initiative was to commemorate Women's Day.

According to the party, three houses were handed over to women in Seshego, Limpopo. 

Malema vowed the EFF would provide “spacious” houses to all citizens. 

“When we say our people must have quality houses, we are speaking of women dignity as many households are women-headed. The EFF government will provide such quality, spacious houses to all the people,” he said.

TimesLIVE recently ran a poll asking the public what they thought about the EFF handing over the houses.  

The poll garnered more than 9,000 votes in less than 24 hours, with 71% of voters saying the move was no surprise given that it is almost election time.

Twenty-three percent said people needed homes like that, and 6% said the EFF was probably only building a few houses to give away. 

On social media, readers were also split, with many questioning if the grannies could afford to maintain the houses. 

“This is a good gesture. However, will these grannies be able to maintain the running cost of this house (the more the value of your house, the more levies you will pay) with their pension money?” wrote Dineo Mbalula Mpeko.

Others said political parties should follow suit instead of criticising each other. 

“It's a good start. More political parties should make an effort to provide housing to their constituents. Majority of these parties have big donors so at least use that money to help their voters instead of always criticising the ANC for non-delivery,” said Michelle Pillay-Brown.