The South African Police Services (SAPS) are investigating the threats of an assassination made against Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema.

Malema approached Police Minister Bheki Cele after receiving reports that a group of people from the North West, were plotting to assassinate him.

The EFF is highly concerned about an alleged plan hatched in the North West to assassinate its president. The party says it is not the first time that Malema’s life is under threat.

In 2010 while he was still the president of the African National Congress Youth League, there were threats that a Delmas farmer was prepared to pay R2 million for his assassination.

The EFF is not taking these threats lightly.  “There have been attempts to before to try to intimidate him through private calls, through social media, through other forms, now there is concrete threat that is linked to a group of people in the North West province and they have approached some people who are of underworld here in the Western Cape to assassinate him,” says EFF Deputy President Floyd Shivambu.

After receiving the threats, Malema approached Police Minister Bheki Cele, who asked the SAPS to conduct a threat assessment.

“We obviously view this in a very serious light. The national commissioner directed our crime intelligence to immediately conduct a threat assessment. There are two types of threat assessment, one is a preliminary assessment, one is a long term,” says SAPS spokesperson Vish Naidoo.

The EFF has since beefed up security around their entire leadership.

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