Police top brass probe Malema blue light claims

There’ll be a probe into whether Malema was using a car fitted with blue lights when he was pulled over.

FILE. EFF leader Julius Malema makes his way to the stage to address party members at the Constitutional court after judgement was reserved in the Nkandla matter on 09 February 2016. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Acting National Police Commissioner Khomotso Phahlane says there'll be an investigation into whether Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema was using a car fitted with blue lights when he was pulled over in Sandton on Sunday night.

The EFF has rejected the allegations.

It's been reported that police acted on the suspicion that the vehicle was part of a gang of blue-light hijackers, as the vehicle was not registered as part of any security division.

The matter came up when Phahlane and other top police officials were briefing MPs in Parliament yesterday.

The EFF claimed the police were trying to harass Malema, who tweeted about the incident on Sunday night saying rifles were trained on him and he was forced out of his car.

Police just harassed our CIC @JuliusSMalema at the Grayston Drive Offramp. 10 cars all out pointing guns at him pic.twitter.com/wrTYxaVeIt

Phahlane has told MPs the police were not involved.

"It pains us to know that it was the police when the police were not there. This was a matter that the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department was dealing with."

Police Department spokesman Musa Zondi however has confirmed that police were there.

Phahlane says they'll be investigating.

"I'm simply saying it's not on for anyone who is not a law enforcement agency or member to be using a blue light and therefore the necessary investigations will be conducted."

The EFF's Mbuyiseni Ndlozi says if Malema was using blue lights, police should have arrested him then and there and that this was a bid to intimidate him.