- The EFF claims it has credible information about a possible plot to assassinate its leader Julius Malema
- The death threats are thought to have originated in the North West province
- The party has informed the police ministry and stepped up security measures around its leadership
The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) claims it has learned of a credible assassination plot against its leader Julius Malema. The party says the death threats originated in the North West province.
The EFF is taking the threat extremely seriously and has stepped up security measures around its leadership, the party has also contacted the police ministry regarding the plot.
EFF spokesperson Tebogo Mokwele said individuals in the North West had approached drug dealers and assassins in various provinces to execute the assassination.
Briefly.co.za gathered that the EFF learned about the threat from a credible source which has led to the party to take extreme precautionary measures.
Mokwele said: "The EFF has alerted the Minister of Police about the death threats and expects that action will be taken against each and every threat posed to the leadership of the EFF. The EFF has also worked on 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."
The EFF revealed that it had also received threats from right-wing forces who use social media, fake emails and private caller ID’s to pose death threats against the party’s leaders.
Mokwele said violence should never be an option in a democratic society.
"Politics should always be about presenting superior logic‚ solutions and alternatives and not on who has resources to hire assassins to suppress alternative views and organisations. . . Politics in South Africa and everywhere in the world must never be defined by violent and fatal suppression of alternate views and perspectives. There are many challenges confronting South Africa today‚ and focus should be on these challenges and not violent and fatal suppression of alternatives," Mokwela said.
The EFF said its new security measures would be extended to the entire leadership group of the party and not just Malema.
The party called on the ANC to reign in any of its members who might be issuing threats of violence.
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