- King Goodwill Zwelithini's daughter allegedly received an RDP house built on royal grounds
- Questions have been raised about the allocation, because the homes are meant for married people, or people with dependents
- If the princess was given a home without meeting the criteria, an expert said it would be abuse of power
While the rest of South Africa patiently waits for RDP houses to be allocated to them, one of the Zulu king's 27 children has already received her house.
Now, how she acquired the house is being scrutinised.
According to reports, the house was meant to be a show house for a R64m project. Apparently 1 000 poor people are set to benefit from the project. The homes boast two bedrooms, an open-plan lounge and kitchen, a bathroom and an outside water tank. Each house cost about R130 000 to build.
The Citizen reported that two high up sources involved in the housing project told Sunday Times that 28-year-old Nqobangothando Zulu became the first recipient of the project.
Many questions have been raised since news broke that she received a home. The houses are supposed to be given to married people, or people with dependents.
Meanwhile, Thulani Zulu, the Royal spokesperson, alleges he doesn't know that the princess was allocated a home.
Zulu said the houses were being built on palace grounds. It's believed King Goodwill Zwelithini wants to keep a watchful eye on the project. He hopes by keeping an eye on the construction, it will better the quality of RDP houses.
Tito Khalo, a housing expert and academic professor, said it would be blatant abuse of the housing system if the princess did receive the house without meeting the criteria. She said this would be borderline corruption.
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