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Spilling the tea: Malema and Zuma to meet on Friday afternoon

EFF CIC Julius Malema and former President Jacob Zuma have set a tea date and it will soon take place. Here’s what may be on the agenda.

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The tea date which started on Twitter between EFF leader Julius Malema and former President Jacob Zuma was no Joko and is scheduled to go ahead.  

According to SABC political reporter Samkele Maseko, it appears that the two will meet at Zuma’s homestead in Nkandla on Friday afternoon 5 February 2021. African National Congress (ANC) Ekhuruleni Regional Chairperson Mzwandile Masina will also be present at the tea party. 


Well, it all started when Malema tagged Zuma on Twitter asking if they could have tea. From there, Zuma replied enthusiastically saying he was “more than welcome” to stop by. Two things to note though, Malema did say he wanted to meet with the former president urgently. He also said the meeting would be in the best interest of the country. 

So we have to ask ourselves, what would be on the agenda apart from tea? What would they discuss? After all, the meeting does come a few days after Zuma snubbed the Zondo Commission. It also comes shortly after the Constitutional Court ordered him to appear. Apart from that, ANC Secretary-General Ace Magashule also made headlines for defending Zuma and asking that he be left alone. 

Maseko took to Twitter on Friday morning saying that Masina and Malema were on a mission to discuss pertinent issues with the former president.

“The meeting will also cover the importance of the South African constitution. Julius Malema has made his views known on the State Capture Inquiry and its Chairperson Deputy Justice Raymond Zondo when he appeared at the Randburg Magistrates court last year,” he added. 


If you’re not active on Twitter and somehow missed the initial “tea party” interaction between Malema, Masina and Zuma, then not to worry, we’ve got you covered. This is essentially how the conversation played out.  

Malema: @PresJGZuma can we please have tea urgently?

Zuma: Thobela Moshabi. I have seen your request to share a cup of tea. As you know, Nkandla village is home for me and that is where my time is spent these days. Tea I have plenty of, you are more than welcome to come over for a cup.

Malema: Thank you Baba, I will make a plan to arrive, possibly this weekend. I will take it further with your young man Mzwandile Masina for final details. Thank you for accepting my request promptly. It is in the best interest of our country.

Masina: Tea session of @PresJGZuma and @Julius_S_Malema will be interesting and I’m sure the two men who contributed to the constitutional being of SA will provide a [great] insight of how mature our democracy has become. Count down starts now, keep you posted!!!!

Former Minister of Tourism Derek Hannekom did not seem too pleased, pointing out a contradiction of sorts. 

“What a joke! The man who called me an enemy agent for having coffee with Godrich Gardee now invites the President of the EFF to his home for tea!”