Magashule singled out Zapu, the Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum, the MDC Alliance and the US ambassador to Zimbabwe as some of the people they would meet.
This was the second visit by emissaries from SA in a month. On both occasions they met Zanu-PF leaders only.
Members of the opposition and civil society said meetings that excluded them would not solve Zimbabwe's crisis.
Some government critics felt the resolution to meet them was a step in the right direction, comparing it to former president Thabo Mbeki's policy of “quiet diplomacy” that forced Zanu-PF under the late Robert Mugabe to negotiate, resulting in a government of national unity.
This time around, some sections of the opposition and civil society are calling for a similar power-sharing deal to put an end to the country’s problems.
Zanu-PF sources told TimesLIVE that because SA had in the past offered to help its neighbour lobby for the removal of sanctions imposed by the US, UK and the EU and possible economic assistance, the ANC commanded its respect.