Zuma embraces his rivals, Tutu too

Ido Lekota

Ido Lekota

IT is either a case of a vicious sense of humour or the National Assembly staff believe that there should be some toenadering (getting closer to each other) between ANC and the Congress of the People (Cope).

On Friday ANC president Jacob Zuma found himself sitting in the same row with Cope leader Mosiuoa Lekota. In the same row was constitutional court judge Arthur Chaskalson who, together with some of his bench colleagues, were recently accused by some ANC leaders of being counter-revolutionaries.

Ever the statesman, when he arrived at his seat accompanied by his daughter Duduzile, Zuma embraced Lekota. The Cope leader in turn received the greeting with much exuberance.

Also sitting in the same proximity was acting National Prosecution Authority head Mokotedi Mpshe, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and former National Assembly speaker Frene Ginwala.

It is well-known that Tutu has a low opinion of Zuma as the country's next president, however, upon his arrival at his seat the archbishop embraced everyone in the row, including Zuma.

Seated a row behind these personalities were ANC general secretary Gwede Mantashe and party spokesman Carl Niehaus.