Former president Jacob Zuma’s MK Party (MKP) will for the first time after the recent elections meet with the ANC’s top officials on Friday.

TimesLIVE understands the meeting was scheduled for Thursday night with the hopes the ANC’s top brass would present the outcomes of its national executive committee (NEC) meeting when the two parties met. However, the NEC meeting scheduled to end at 6pm ran over, with ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa announcing its decision later that night.

The ANC told the media on Wednesday that Zuma and his party had snubbed it. After this announcement, the MKP is said to have contacted ANC secretary-general Fikile Mbalula’s office requesting a meeting.

It’s unclear whether Zuma will attend the meeting. An insider said should he not physically join it, there will be a conference call with the ANC leadership as a “show of good faith”.

On Thursday the MKP said a meeting with the ANC was expected to take place soon. It said it would hear the views presented with an open mind, while firmly prioritising the inspirations and aspirations of black South Africans.


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