EFF leader Julius Malema said he had been harassed by 12 armed police officers who had forced him out of his car near the Grayston off-ramp on Sunday night.
At 21:23, Malema tweeted: “Just survived police harassment at Grayston off-ramp, 12 police men pointed me with rifles and forced me out of the car…”
Just survived police harassment at Grayston off-ramp,12 police men pointed me with rifles and forced me out of the car…
— Julius Sello Malema (@Julius_S_Malema) April 3, 2016
Ten minutes later, the party’s official account released a short statement saying Malema had been stopped by a white unmarked van near the off-ramp, immediately after that he was surrounded by about 10 cars.
— EFF Official Account (@EFFSouthAfrica) April 3, 2016
“They then all came out pointing guns at his car. The entire intersection was blocked, isolating him. But he came out and they all did nothing , claiming it was a mistake,” the statement said further.
Gauteng police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Lungelo Dlamini said he was not aware of the incident as it was not immediately clear whether a case had been opened with the police.
“I won’t know what the police are doing outside, I will only know once a case has been opened,” Dlamini said.
Both Malema and EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi could not immediately be reached for comment.