- Jacob Zuma has reportedy given Julius Malema his own terms to appear at the Zondo Commission
- The former president and EFF leader held a meeting over tea on Friday, 5 February
- Zuma rejected Malema's plea to respect the Constitutional Court's order compelling him to appear before the Zondo Commission
Former president Jacob Zuma reportedly told EFF leader Julius Malema that he would only appear at the State Capture Commission if Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo recused himself. Zuma believes that Zondo is conflicted.
According to the pics posted on social media by the EFF, Zuma, Malema, EFF's advocate Dali Mpofu, ANC's Mzwandile Masina and Tony Yengeni held a meeting over tea at Zuma's Nkandla homestead on Friday, 5 February.
Malema had hit Zuma up on Twitter and requested the meeting after he publicly refused to appear at the Zondo Commission. In a statement, Zuma defied a Constitutional Court order compelling him to appear at the commission.
Sunday World reports that Malema pleaded with Zuma to appear before the Zondo Commission but Zuma also rejected it. The publication reports that Malema reminded Zuma that he taught him to respect the constitution and the Constitutional Court's decisions.
Zuma still has to discuss Malema's plea with his legal team before taking a final decision. They will reportedly meet again soon. Masina took to social media after the meeting and wrote:
"Today we did what many thought was impossible and united Black Leadership in the interest of our Constitutional Democracy @Julius_S_Malema @PresJGZuma in my capacity as Citizen Facilitator. Watch the outcome and be a judge."
Tweeps have shared mixed reactions to his post. Check out some of their comments below:
"If I were a member of the EFF leadership I'd be very concerned. Julius Malema has spoken about merging the EFF and ANC. If this is phase 1 of that plan, where does it leave them?"
Jackie Phamotse said:
"Am still shocked that he could call him 'Baba' after all the things he has called him. I guess our parents were right, when you need them humbleness will go a long way."
Andile Lungisa commented:
"Great work leadership. That was beautiful, the unity of Africans comes first."
"United criminals in defence of their own self enrichment. Viva!"
"Thank God @MbalulaFikile was not there !! Otherwise the media would know by now what was discussed."
"But why Malema out of all people? Is the ANC so useless these days that you need Malema to sort out 'Constitutional Democracy'? Why must people continue to vote for the ANC? Tell us."
"Oksalayo the constitution is supreme and no one is above the law. Am not saying Comrade Zuma is guilty but we just want to hear his side of the story."
"Birds of a feather flock together. Two crooks. One big one one small one. Zuma and Son. Both work for Steal and Have More!"
In related news, Briefly.co.za reported on Friday that former president Jacob Zuma instructed ANC Youth League (ANCYL) members in his home province of KwaZulu-Natal not to prevent Julius Malema from entering his home in Nkandla.
Zuma received intel that some members of the ANCYL were planning to block the EFF leader from accessing Zuma's homestead. Zuma and Malema, who have not been seeing eye to eye for quite a few years, agreed to meet over tea on Friday, 5 February.
The country went into a frenzy when the two political rivals agreed on Twitter to have tea together and discuss some of the issues currently facing Mzansi.
TimesLIVE reported that a source close to the situation said that some ANCYL members were mobilising to prevent Malema from entering Zuma's home. The publication reported that the source said Zuma said the ANCYL members "must not stop Julius."
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