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Jacob Zuma will always be regarded as a father figure – EFF leader Julius Malema

former president Jacob Zuma and EFF leader Julius Malema

Ahead of the watershed meeting between former president Jacob Zuma and EFF leader Julius Malema scheduled for today, the EFF in KwaZulu-Natal says that Zuma will always be considered a father figure and there was nothing wrong with meeting him.

On Wednesday, Malema, leader of the red berets, had social media in a frenzy after he took to Twitter to request a meeting over tea with Zuma. The surprising request was accepted by Zuma, who indicated that he spent most of his time in his home village of Nkandla.

The EFF’s KZN chairperson Vusi Khoza said although he was not privy to the details of the meeting, the meeting of the two leaders who share a long history, was of significance because matters of national interest would most likely be discussed.

Julius Malema

“They have a long history between them, uMsholozi will always be regarded as a father to all of us, and there’s nothing wrong with meeting him. The commander in chief also met with Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi and also met with His Majesty, King Goodwill Zwelithini at some point,” Khoza said.

He said that the EFF’s KZN leadership had not been briefed of the details, but as per the party culture, Malema indicates when he is in the provinces, whether it’s on private or political business.

“We will await an instruction from the commander in chief, if he wishes us to accompany him, we are at his service, and we will do so, but if he wishes for it to be treated as a private matter between the two as national and continental leaders, we shall also respect that,” Khoza said.

He added that whatever it is that Malema and Zuma would discuss would be in the best interests of the country.

“I can speak on behalf of the commander in chief because I know that everything that he does, he puts the interests of the black African child first, so I can imagine that whatever is going to be discussed there in the main will be issues of importance to the country, the continent, and even for the benefit of the black African child,” Khoza said.

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Source: IOL