Malema under fire over threat to take up arms against the State

SA’s security agencies & the ANC are gearing to crack down on Julius Malema.

EFF leader Julius Malema. Picture: AFP.

CAPE TOWN - South Africa's security agencies and the African National Congress are gearing to crack down on Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema over his threat to take up arms against the state.

State Security Minister David Mahlobo and Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko have both spoken out against Malema's comments during briefings in Parliament today.

The ANC has opened a case of high treason against the firebrand politician at the Hillbrow Police Station, while the governing party also plans to lodge a complaint against Malema with Parliament's ethics watchdog.

In a television interview aired on Sunday, Malema accused the ANC of rigging elections in Gauteng and warned his party won't allow that to happen again.

Nhelko has confirmed the Hawks unit is investigating Malema.

"We would like to appeal to all our people that in the exercise of our rights, we need to show responsibility and we need to refrain from using the genuine grievances of that affect various communities to drive narrow political agendas that have the potential to destabilise the country."

Mahlobo says freedom of expression does not include war talk.

"Those of us who are in leadership must be able to build the nation and these statements are not acceptable."

Malema is not the only politician who has threatened violence in the last few months.

ANC Youth League leader Collen Maine threatened civil war against anyone who sought to disrupt the State of the Nation Address in February.

But the police minister said he was not aware of a probe into Maine's comments.

The Congress of the People said it had opened a case against Maine at the Brooklyn Police Station in Pretoria for inciting violence.