About 15 DA members have been picketing outside the half constructed house of ANC Chief Whip Brian Hlongwa in Bryanston, north of Johannesburg. Hlongwa is accused of involvement in fraud and corruption amounting to R1.2 billion when he was Gauteng Health MEC.

He bought the house for R7.2 million in 2007. DA Shadow Health MEC Jack Bloom says they are trying to put pressure on the ANC to hold Hlongwa accountable because they believe the money used to buy the property was obtained fraudulently.

“They must recover the money, then must sell off this property and get money from all those who stole from the department, and it must go back to improve hospitals and clinics. The GautengĀ  Health Department did not recover from when he was still the MEC for Health, and two billion rand which I think is the total amount that was looted from this department – we must recover as much of it as possible.”