When Zuma met Cele: JZ jokes about ‘arrest warrant’ with Police Minister

It’s funny because it’s a severe breach of South African law! Jacob Zuma and Bheki Cele seemed to enjoy their meeting at Nkandla on Thursday…

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If you can’t laugh at a serious Constitutional crisis you’ve personally caused, what can you laugh about? Jacob Zuma was in jovial spirits on Thursday, as Police Minister Bheki Cele dropped by for a three-hour meeting at Nkandla.

What was discussed when Jacob Zuma met Bheki Cele?

The clandestine summit remains largely shrouded in secrecy, and Cele’s impromptu visit has turned heads across the country. Zuma is subject to a Constitutional Court review – which could lead to him being placed in jail – and Bheki Cele has framed himself as a ‘strongman’ who’s tough on criminals. Yet here they both are, laughing and joking as old comrades.

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Coke, lemonade and water was on the table for Bheki Cele – but none of the famous ‘Nkandla Tea’ was present – Photo: Dudu Zuma-Sambudla / Twitter

Nkandla: No brews, but plenty of tea to spill

Although Jacob Zuma didn’t bother putting the kettle on, as he did for Julius Malema two weeks ago, Bheki Cele seemed happy enough with soft drinks. We’ve no doubt that Msholozi was keen to hide the alcohol away from prohibition-supporting minister anyway, and besides, it seems like a very different kind of ‘tea’ was shared between the pair.

Not much has been confirmed, in terms of what was actually discussed on Thursday, but Zuma’s daughter Dudu gave us a little taster. She has been active in her use of Twitter as delegations continue to visit Nkandla, and revealed that the ANC veterans had joked about getting Cele to be the one who arrests Zuma, should a warrant be issued in his name:

The Nkandla summit: Zuma, Cele keep most details under wraps

That’s some pretty decent banter from the 78-year-old, we’ll admit. But for those wanting to know more about the tea-less gathering at Nkandla, you’ll have to wait. The spokesperson for the Police Ministry, Lirandzu Themba, has confirmed that Bheki Cele will relay details of the meeting to the ANC, before the general public is informed. We should have known…

“Police Minister, General Bheki Cele, has concluded his visit with Former President Jacob Zuma in Nkandla which started this morning at 11:00 and will update the ANC leadership on the outcome of his visit first.”

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