Police have confirmed that Economic Freedom Fighter leader Julius Malema has met Police Minister Bheki Cele to discuss alleged death threats against him.

The Minister’s office says the matter is now in the hands of the National Police Commissioner for investigations.

The EFF claims that a group of people from the North West have approached hitmen from the Eastern Cape to assassinate Malema.

This is not the first time that Malema’s life is under threat. In 2010, while he was still the president of the ANC Youth League, there were allegations of threats that a Delmas farmer was prepared to pay R2 million for his assassination.

The party’s deputy president Floyd Shivambu says they are not taking these threats lightly.