Jacob Zuma meets with Julius Malema for “tea” today at the former President’s Nkandla homestead today, after the EFF requested that they speak face to face on Twitter earlier this week.
Zuma and Malema previously had a close relationship when Malema was President of the ANC Youth League, but it soured after Malema quit the ruling party to form the Economic Freedom Fighters in 2013. However, Zuma still accepted Malema’s request, although there has been no indication of what is on the agenda from either party.
It has been speculated, however, that, while Zuma meets Malema, they will be discussing Zuma’s decision not to appear before the Zondo Commission, which would be in defiance of a Constitutional Court ruling, according to SABC News.
EFF Communications Manager Sixolisile Gcilishe also said, recently, that Zuma and Malema both agree that the Zondo Commission is biased, but Malema will be urging Zuma to reconsider his decision.
Zuma, who held office as the President of South Africa between 2009 and 2017, is at the centre of the State Capture controversy, which involved the Gupta family to create systemic political corruption in which their private interests significantly influenced the state’s decision-making processes to their own advantage. The Commission of Inquiry Into State Capture (the Zondo Commission) was set up to bring the perpetrators of State Capture to justice.