MaKhumalo’s co-op was meant to save Nkandla. Now it’s in ruins. Why?
Ex-first lady's project is at the centre of a political row, and has now been hit by two mysterious burglaries
A R2.5m vegetable packhouse, completed five years ago for a women’s cooperative run by former president Jacob Zuma’s wife Sizakele MaKhumalo Zuma, is an empty shell after political squabbling and two burglaries that caused R1.9m in damage.
The warehouse – a stone’s throw from Zuma’s private Nkandla homestead – was built by the KwaZulu-Natal department of cooperative governance and traditional affairs (Cogta) for the Qedisimo Sendlala Co-Operative.
Qedisimo Sendlala, which in Zulu means “putting an end to hunger”, is made up of 15 women from the poverty-stricken KwaNxamalala village. The co-op was started by MaKhumalo in 2010 to help women in the poverty-stricken KwaNxamalala village to produce their own food...