'You will never touch my blood'

EFF leader Julius Malema has accused the Free State police of acting on the command of ANC to arrest him, but says their plan failed.

FILE: EFF leader Julius Malema leaves the Pretoria High Court. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG – Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema has accused the Free State police of acting on the command of African National Congress (ANC) provincial chairperson Ace Magashule, to arrest him, but says their plan failed.

Malema's driver was arrested this morning for speeding while driving him to the Bloemfontein Magistrates Court.

The party leader addressed his supporters outside the court on Monday after his brief appearance on charges of contravening the Riotous Assemblies Act, by urging supporters to invade land.

The case was postponed to 5 June 2017, pending the outcome of his application to challenge the constitutionality of the act.

Malema’s driver will be charged with speeding and failing to stop after Free State traffic officers caught him driving at a speed of over 180km/h in a 120km/h zone on Monday morning.

But the EFF leader says he’s convinced he was the target.

“Because you are a group of clowns, you don’t know how to strategise. You don’t know how to catch the enemy. I am always two steps [ahead]. You will never touch my blood. Once more, I defeated you.”

Malema told his supporters that the ANC in the province wants his blood.

(Edited by Tamsin Wort)