South Africa’s elite investigation unit, the Hawks will now head the investigation of Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader, Julius Malema’s threat statement. Yesterday, the ANC announced that it has filed a case against EFF’s leader, Juju.
The Hawks are South Africa’s new Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI) which targets organized crime, economic crime, corruption, and other serious crimes referred to it by the President or the South African Police Service (SAPS).
Relating this development at a briefing on Tuesday, Police Minister, Nathi Nhleko, said “The reason why the Hawks are investigating the matter is precisely because there has been a complaint registered with the Hillbrow Police Station.”
However, when Nhleko was continuously asked what charge or complaint would Hawks be investigating against Malema, and whether it was high treason, Nhleko replied, “a charge is always a product of an investigation. Let me stress this point. It doesn’t matter what anybody else says and how you want to categorize a particular allegation.”
Also, the police minister replied that actions were not taken against ANCYL president, Collen Maine when he bluntly threatened to unleash civil war on EFF because he [Nhleko] wasn’t sure if someone laid a complaint against Maine at a police station.
EFF leader, Julius Malema had on Sunday threatened to remove the ruling government “through the barrel of a gun” if the ANC responds violently to his party’s peaceful protest. During the interview on Al Jazeera, Malema also slammed the ANC for poor leadership. To him, Zuma and the ANC are standing in his party’s way of dealing with white economists who take blacks for granted.
Nhleko added that a probe would determine whether the allegations were true. He however stressed that “It can never be correct that that which is said on TV and radio is factual. I ask that space be given for the investigation to unearth whatever it needed to unearth”.
The police head earlier asserted that Malema’s statement could have far-reaching implications, such as “plunging the country into chaos, if not handled properly and contextualized”.
Juju Loses Aunt
Meanwhile, the defiant and obstinate opposition leader won’t be making public appearances this week as he is currently mourning his aunt, Nurse Malema, who passed away on Tuesday. He will also not complete EFF’s community tour holding this week.
Of a truth, Juju’s statement drew heavy criticisms and reactions across the country. No doubt, he has evidently been on pins and needles after his violent-oriented remarks on Sunday.