- Jacob Zuma confirmed that he is interested in having tea with EFF leader Julius Malema
- Zuma offered a meeting at his home in Nkandla after Malema made a request through Twitter
- South Africans are now discussing the importance of the meeting and what the outcome could be
After Julius Malema requested tea with former president Jacob Zuma, South Africans have been speculating what their discussion could possibly entail. Zuma confirmed that he would be keen on having tea with the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader.
Zuma stated in his tweet response that he would be more than happy to host Malema at his home in Nkandla. Adding that he has quite a bit of tea and Malema is more than welcome to share a cup with him.
Nkandla, #TeaWithZuma, #ZumaMalemaTea and #MalemaMeetsZuma are now all trending on Twitter as SAns discuss what could be the outcome of the politicians meeting.
The Citizen reported that The Black First Land First’s (BLF) National Coordinating Committee (NCC) believes that Malema’s meeting request with Zuma is a “trap” due to the fact that EFF MP Mbuyiseni Ndlozi recently called for Zuma’s arrest.
A report by EWN stated political analyst Ralph Mathekga said that the one thing the former president and Malema appeared to have in common, is investigations into their conduct by the State Capture Inquiry.
Below are just a few of the tweets regarding the meeting:
"I suspect Malema is going to apologise to Zuma, the same way he apologised to Mbeki. #MalemaMeetsZuma"
"Can I be a tea girl on that day #MalemaMeetsZuma?"
"#MalemaMeetsZuma EFF wants to use Zuma to fight the ANC. Zuma will use EFF to Avoid going to the Zondo commission. Respect Zuma and CIC they always have a plan."
"Jacob Zuma was Commander-In-Chief of South African armed forces when he was overthrown by a civilian Cyril Ramaphosa. He neither resisted nor fought back. In all fairness, he neither has capacity nor masses to plunge the country into chaos or subvert the constitution. #MalemaMeetsZuma"
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported on Malema's teatime request. Malema posted the message on for the former president on popular social networking site, Twitter.
The tweet's perfect combination of simplicity and absurdity had Mzansi's internet commenters go absolutely wild with mockery, meme-making and political jabs. The tweet itself was posted just after 2pm and had been responded to over one thousand times in just one hour.
Some decided to make memes imagining the two political figures having a cup of tea, others discussed differences in the governing strategies of their parties and some just mocked both Malema and Zuma.
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