Police minister calls on Malema to lay a complaint against police

Malema claims he was followed by officers in unmarked vehicle but has not reported the incident to police.

EFF leader Julius Malema. Picture:  Christa Eybers/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Police Minister Nathi Nhleko has called on Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema to lodge a complaint with the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) after claiming that officers harassed him.

Malema claims he was followed by an unmarked van which pulled him over at Grayston Drive in Sandton, and at least 10 armed cops surrounded him last night.

Nhleko says the only way the police can get to the bottom of the allegations is if he opens a case.

But the EFF Commander in Chief has not reported the matter to authorities, saying police won't be taking it seriously anyway.

He says he was followed all the way from Soweto and was intimidated for political reasons.

The politician was not harmed and says they let him go after explaining that they had made a mistake.

The minister's spokesperson Musa Zondi says it doesn't serve any purpose to accuse the police without opening the necessary complaint.

"It's a very unfortunate view to think that the police are not going to look into this, because it is the duty of the police to investigate all claims - especially when a political leader claims that he was harassed by the police."

EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi earlier said the party believed this was an act of intimidation.

"We believe that the white unmarked van had been following him from Soweto, leading him to that isolated situation with the hope that they might provoke violence. We believe that this is an act of intimidation because the criminal charges and South African Revenue Service cases have not been successful."