On Thursday evening, President Jacob Zuma hosted a working dinner with presidential hopefuls of the African National Congress (ANC).
President Zuma met with with National Chairperson Baleka Mbete, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, Treasurer-General Zweli Mkhize, Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, Lindiwe Sisulu and Minister in the Presidency, Jeff Radebe as well as Mathews Phosa.
The Midday Report's Ray White spoke to political analyst, Dumisani Hlophe, about the dinner engagement.
Hlophe tells White he wishes he could have been a fly on the wall in that room.
He believes Zuma did well in calling this meeting but adds that it may have been awkward as the President has previously publicly campaigned for Dlamini-Zulu.
I suspect in the initial moments of the gathering there were bound to be unspoken tensions.— Dumisani Hlophe, Political Analyst
Hlophe explains that is commendable that Zuma tried to portray a force of unity but adds that he isn't particularly convinced about the substance of it.
All of them are not united. The fact that all seven of them are contesting for number one it means that they inherently cannot agree.— Dumisani Hlophe, Political Analyst
I think had president Zuma taken this stance way back he could have been seen as a unifier states Hlophe.
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Watch Zuma describe the evening: