Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema is reportedly getting blue light protection.

The Sowetan reported on Tuesday that South African Police Service (SAPS) spokesperson Vish Naidoo confirmed that Malema is receiving VIP police protection.

The Sowetan reported on Tuesday that Malema’s car was spotted being escorted by a white BMW with blue lights in the vicinity of parliament last week.

Confirming to the publication, Naidoo said the police had followed due processes resulting in Malema receiving the blue light protection, adding that he could not give further details on the EFF leader’s protection due to security reasons.

The spokesperson of the red berets, Mbuyiseni Ndlozi, said the police had independently assessed the situation and concluded, just like the EFF had, that Malema’s life was under threat.

When the EFF first made mention of threats on Malema’s life earlier this year, it had said that it had been alerted to “nefarious and evil plans to assassinate the commander-in-chief and president of the Economic Freedom Fighters” and were “not taking the threats lightly”.