Nhleko responds to Malema intimidation claims

BY CHARL BOSCH - APRIL 4, 2016

Police Minister Nathi Nhleko has called on Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema to open a case of alleged police intimidation at the nearest station for the matter to be investigated.

His comments come after Malema wrote on twitter that he was pulled-off on Grayston Driver near Sandton on Sunday evening, before being ordered out of his vehicle by twelve officers brandishing firearms.

In a subsequent statement, EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said the party believes an unmarked white van, which pulled in front of Malema as he was returning from the party’s manifesto launch in Soweto, had been following him to and from the event, adding that state interference could not be ruled out.

On Friday, Malema remarked that the party would not hesitate in forcing President Jacob Zuma to resign, after the Constitutional Court had ruled that the failed to uphold the country’s Constitution by ignoring the remedial actions of Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s Nkadla report.

“It would help the police immensely if Mr Malema were to report the incident and other incidents referred to by the EFF spokesperson so that these could be investigated thoroughly,” Nhleko said in a statement.

“I appeal to all leaders to show leadership and desist from making innuendos without following up with necessary action so that all complaints will be dealt with. If any of the members were to be found to have acted or are acting outside of the SAPS code of conduct, I would urge the Acting National Commissioner to take necessary action against those members as soon as possible”.

He also stated that Malema report the matter to the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) so that an independent investigation could take place.

 

IMAGE sourced from enca.com