So seriously are Malema and the ANC taking the threat that they have now filed a complaint with Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa.
Malema says he received an SMS from an unnamed source on saying: “Dear Riot. A Delmas farmer is giving a reward of R2-million bounty (sic) to anyone who can kill Julius Malema.”
ANC spokesman Jackson Mthembu said the party cannot dismiss the threat as Malema has made serious enemies.
“We fear the worst … and we cannot take chances,” Mthembu said.
In recent weeks, Malema has angered sections of the population, especially farmers, with his persistent singing of an inflammatory struggle song that contains the words: “shoot the boer”.
This has seen a number of political and pressure groups initiating anti-Malema campaigns.
The Freedom Front Plus last week launched a “Prosecute Malema” campaign after accusing him of singing songs that incited violent attacks against white farmers.
Mthembu said the ANC was worried that such “targeted campaigns” had created “space for people to take action” against the youth league leader.
“By having targeted campaigns against individuals, you are creating a space for some right-wing groups that will not hesitate to shoot on sight,” Mthembu said.
Youth league spokesman Floyd Shivambu, who confirmed the existence of the SMS, would not say whether Malema’s security had been beefed up.
“We have written a letter to the ministry of police. We want this matter to be investigated and the person or people responsible for the threat must be arrested. We are taking this very seriously, that is why we have contacted the police ministry,” Shivambu said.
Malema is expected in Zimbabwe on Friday where he will exchange notes with his counterparts from Robert Mugabe’s Zanu PF party. Times Live