The much anticipated meeting on Thursday between the ANC, SACP and Cosatu is likely to be tense.
The labour federation and the SACP are meeting with the ruling party to discuss calls for the President to step down.
Speaking to Ray White on the Midday Report, EWN reporter Clement Manyatela said this meeting is going to be awkward.
I remember a few months ago when it was postponed, it seemed as though the President was not willing to sit down with the SACP and Cosatu.— Clement Manyathela, EWN Reporter
According to Clement, the President did not feel comfortable sitting down with people who had no confidence in him. The ANC wants the alliances to explain why they called for the President to step down. With that being said, the alliances seem ready to back up their statement, Manyatela said.
It will be an awkward meeting but it's quite a crucial one. Also given that the alliance and the relations amongst the alliance partners is at its lowest as said by the Secretary General Qwede Mantashe.— Clement Manyathela, EWN Reporter
This meeting is standard procedure and is always scheduled even if there are no issues. Thursday's meeting is exceptional because it comes after SACP leader Blade Nzimande got the boot by the President.
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