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McCauley brokering ANC, EFF peace deal ahead of Sona

The Rhema Church head has been mediating behind the scenes between the ANC and EFF.

Pastor Ray McCauley. Picture: Rhema Bible Church.

JOHANNESBURG - Eyewitness News can confirm that Rhema Bible Church head Ray McCauley has been mediating behind the scenes between the African National Congress (ANC) and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) to stop the State of the Nation Address (Sona) from being disrupted.

McCauley has attempted to broker a peace deal after EFF leader Julius Malema threatened to disrupt the Sona in an attempt to get President Jacob Zuma to pay back the money spent on his Nkandla home.

McCauley says he believes they're very close to a deal that now needs to be signed.

"We haven't been able yet to get it signed. We put it together with the different parties, made them have a look at all the documentation and it seems like we have something very close to a deal and we're continuing along with the process."

Malema has threatened to stand up and ask Zuma when he will pay back the money spent by government on his KwaZulu-Natal homestead.

McCauley says his attempts to get the ANC and EFF to sign a peace accord of sorts he's drafted is not meant to ensure the president sidesteps the Nkandla issue.

He says he has met with Malema four times since December after the EFF leader threatened to disrupt Sona.

McCauley says further meetings will be held.

"Hopefully something can be done before Thursday, that we do achieve him addressing the nation, but that in March, when he comes to Parliament to answer the questions, he answers them fully."