McCauley mediates between ANC and EFF - report

2015-02-10 11:20
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Johannesburg - The head of the Rhema Bible Church, Pastor Ray McCauley, has reportedly been trying to broker a peace deal between the ANC and EFF to prevent any disruptions to Thursday's State of the Nation address in Parliament.

Eyewitness News reported on Tuesday that McCaluley has been mediating behind the scenes for months, and believes that the two parties are close to a deal.

EFF leader Julius Malema has threatened to disrupt President Jacob Zuma's annual address, calling for him to pay back money spent on his private Nkandla homestead in KwaZulu-Natal. He will reportedly rise from his seat on a point of order.

The public protector found Zuma and his family had unduly benefited from security upgrades to his home and should pay back some of the money.

Last August, EFF MPs caused a disruption in Parliament by banging on their desks, demanding that Zuma pay back the money.

Zuma will answer questions in the National Assembly on 11 March on the matter.

McCauley told EWN that he has met with Malema four times since December, and that he's put the deal together with input from the different parties. It involves Zuma fully answering questions about Nkandla when he appears in Parliament in March.

McCauley added he's hopeful the deal will be signed before Thursday.

Read more on:    anc  |  eff  |  julius malema  |  jacob zuma  |  ray mccauley  |  state of the nation 2015  |  parliament 2015  |  politics

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