SACP, ANC & Cosatu alliance meeting underway at Luthuli House

Cosatu and the SACP have called for President Jacob Zuma to step down and each alliance is putting forward its issues.

President Jacob Zuma seated with the NEC top six and leaders of the SACP and Cosatu at an alliance council at Luthuli house. Picture: Katleho Sekhotho/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - A meeting involving the tripartite alliance is underway at Luthuli House in Johannesburg after months of tension between the various parties.

The meeting includes President Jacob Zuma, his deputy Cyril Ramaphosa, axed Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande and the African National Congress (ANC)'s top six.

Cosatu and the SACP have called for the president to step down and each alliance is putting forward its issues.

The president seems to be in a jovial mood with Ramaphosa smiling at his side.

While it seems a cordial meeting is underway between all alliance members, the agenda has major topics to discuss, including calls for Zuma to step down.

ANC Deputy Secretary General Jessie Duarte says the meeting is going "extremely well".

“Cosatu and the party have called for the president to step down, matters arising from the question of how the alliance works, whether the secretariat is working...”

She says members are listening to each other.

“There’s a good mood in the meeting, a mood of listening and raising issues very honestly and that’s very good.”

Duarte says this meeting is not about dismantling the alliance but strengthening it.