Former president Jacob Zuma is said to have instructed members of the ANC Youth League (ANCYL) in KwaZulu-Natal not to prevent EFF leader Julius Malema from entering his Nkandla homestead, apparently after receiving reports they were planning to do so.
“They are mobilising. We will chase youth league members because the visit is not political,” said a source with intimate details of the meeting scheduled for Friday.
Zuma and Malema stunned the country this week when they agreed on Twitter to have a meeting over tea. The EFF leader is due to arrive in Nkandla at 11 am.
“(The) Old man said youth league members must not stop Julius. Juju is coming at around 11am or 12pm with Ekurhuleni mayor Mzwandile Masina. It will be a meeting extended to lunch,” said the source, who asked to remain anonymous.
The meeting comes after Zuma announced he would defy a Constitutional Court order by refusing to appear before the state capture inquiry.
It’s not yet clear what the two politicians, who were once political allies but became rivals, are due to discuss in their meeting. The state capture inquiry is, however, likely to form part of their discussions.
It’s also understood the two will come out of the meeting after smoking a peace pipe following years of bitter political rivalry that saw Malema fired from the ANC, only to form the EFF, a move him catapulted him to parliament where he became a thorn in Zuma’s side.
The former president’s nephew, Inkosi Simphiwe Eric Zuma, of the Nxamalala Traditional Authority, said: “I think Malema realised he was being used to get rid of Zuma. Even during the time the president was no longer going to parliament, it was because of Malema and the insults he hurled against Zuma.
“You see they painted Zuma as corrupt when he was innocent. I think he wants to raise a few points with ubaba before he makes an official public statement on the matter. I think he also wants to apologise and concede he made a mistake.”
Zuma’s eldest son, Edward, laughed when asked to share further details about the meeting.
ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule, a long-standing Zuma supporter, this week came out in defence of Zuma’s decision to defy the Constitutional Court order.
“Leave comrade Zuma alone, just leave him. What is the problem? What has Zuma done now? I can’t talk on behalf of president Zuma. President Zuma is a South African. He has rights so you can’t want me to talk on behalf of president Zuma”” Magashule told the media this week.