The ANC will hold a political council with its alliance partner for the first time since Cyril Ramaphosa was elected president of the ruling party. PHOTO: Gcina Ndwalane/ANA Photo
Johannesburg - The ANC is set to meet with its alliance partners this weekend to strengthen strained relations. 

The political council, which includes Cosatu, Sanco and the SACP, will take place on Sunday and Monday.   

This is the first official meeting of the alliance since the ANC’s hotly-contested elective conference in December. 

The SACP and Cosatu have long called for the meeting to take place as the organisations have often differed on various pressing political issues. 

The ANC said the council was aimed at "building and strengthening each component affecting the alliance". 

In the run-up to the ANC's elective conference, Cosatu strongly called for the removal of former president Jacob Zuma as the head of state. The SACP also questioned how the ANC handled issues involving members that were accused of corruption. 

The federation has also disagreed with the ANC on various matters such as the decision to increase the value added tax by 1%. 

Alliance partners also felt they were often not consulted on key changes in government when Zuma decided to reshuffle his cabinet several times. 

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