No bomb threats against Malema – Mthethwa

2011-09-15 09:17

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa has effectively accused ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema of lying about receiving two bomb threats.

In a written response to Parliament, Mthethwa said the police in Gauteng and Limpopo – where Malema has houses – have never received complaints of bomb threats from Malema.

This contradicts statements made by Malema on Talk Radio 702 in August.

During an interview with host Redi Tlhabi, Malema said the police’s bomb squad has had to search his Sandown house twice after he received bomb threats.

Freedom Front Plus MP Pieter Groenewald asked Mthethwa whether the police had received these complaints, what they found during their searches and whether he would make any statement on the matter.

“The provincial commissioners of SAPS in Gauteng and Limpopo provinces, where Julius Malema is known to have property, verified their records.

No complaints of bomb threats were received from Mr Julius Malema or his representative by the SAPS in these two provinces,” Mthethwa responded.

During the same interview, Malema said he needed bodyguards because of “the possibility of being mobbed and my life has been threatened”.

He claimed that someone in the ANC had been offered R1 million to kill him.

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