Controversial leader of the Economic Freedom fighter Julius Malema has reported to the police the assassination threat against his life.
The police has detailed Blue light security to fortify security around the CIC.
Explaining the situation, EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi expressed fear that threatening overtures against Malema.
However, the police made their independent assessments and arrived at the same conclusion as we did – that is‚ his life is under threat.
Earlier in April, the SAPS said it was looking into threats made against Malema’s life . It noted that the threats were being viewed in “a very serious light”,
The EFF had alerted in a statement on April 17 that it had “been alerted of nefarious and evil plans” to assassinate its commander-in-chief which originated from “insecure and insane individuals” in the North West.
The EFF also at the time increased its internal security following claims of “covert” plans to assassinate Malema.
EFF’s acting national spokesperson Tebogo Mokwele, at the time, said the party had alerted the police after it received information that there were people in the province who had approached drug dealers and assassins in different provinces to assassinate Malema.
“The threats from this group of politically insecure and insane individuals are informed by the fact that the EFF is on the verge of politically defeating the ANC in the North West province, and other provinces in the upcoming general elections,”
“These threats are real and should not be taken lightly because the North West is one of the provinces known for mysterious and unresolved political killings.”
She said this was not an isolated incident and cited threats from right-wing forces who she said used social media, private caller identities, and fake email platforms to make death threats against the party’s leadership.
She said the threats were largely linked to the EFF’s “uncompromising and decisive leadership” on the matter of land expropriation without compensation, as well as the party’s “relentless war against racism”, may be part of the reason for the assassination threat.
“The EFF has also worked on the strengthening of internal security because we are aware that cowards who have no convincing alternate political programme against the EFF are now resorting to thoughts of violent and fatal suppression of a genuine political alternative,” Mokwele said.
National police spokesperson Vish Naidoo revealed to journalist saying: “I can confirm that he is being protected by the SAPS (South African Police Service) but I can’t get into details for security reasons.”
On Tuesday Malema’s car had been “seen escorted by a white BMW sedan with blue lights in and around Parliament to beef up his security.
It is still under investigation why anyone would threaten assassination.