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Dhlomo condemns "white madam"

Helen Zille has again been criticised for her decision to inspect President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla home.

Helen Zille has again been criticised for her decision to inspect President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla home.

JOHANNESBURG - Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Helen Zille continues to receive criticism following her attempt to inspect President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla home in KwaZulu-Natal.

The ANC's KwaZulu-Natal regional chairman Sibongiseni Dhlomo had harsh words for the opposition leader during his speech at a regional general council held on Saturday.

He referred to Zille as a "white madam" and also described opposition parties responsible for a vote of no confidence in Zuma as "losers".

Dhlomo told Eyewitness News he is also against the president's Nkandla home being referred to as a compound.

"To me, a compound is where a white farmer would keep all his workers in."

Dhlomo confirmed that almost all KwaZulu-Natal branches support Zuma's campaign for a second presidential term.

The ANC will hold its elective conference in Mangaung in December.

It is not yet clear whether Zuma will be challenged by his deputy Kgalema Motlanthe.

Meanwhile, members of the South African Communist Party (SACP) earlier gathered in Nkandla to protest against the lack of rural development in the area.

The group also called for transparency regarding upgrades to Zuma's home in Nkandla.

The upgrade is estimated at over R200 million.

Earlier this week, Zuma addressed the issue in Parliament.

He said his family was paying for the renovations not the government.

Meanwhile, the president has been criticised for the Umlalazi-Nkandla Smart Growth Centre project, which has been dubbed "Zumaville".

The public protector is currently investigating the project and the development of Zuma's home separately.