Malema said in a tweet: "Bring it on bloody racists, you don't scare me at all. I'm born ready! No white man will decide my destiny, the poor masses of our people will".
A South African publication on Wednesday reported that the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) had been alerted of nefarious and evil plans to assassinate their leader Julius Malema.
AfriForum said Advocate Gerrie Nel‚ the head of its Private Prosecuting Unit‚ will privately prosecute Malema and his co-accused for fraud and tender corruption should the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) not yield to AfriForum's demand that the case against Malema, and involving the company On-Point Engineering in Limpopo‚ be reinstated.
The group previously threatened legal action against Malema after he allegedly made racist remarks at a political gathering in March.
Nel and AfriForum were briefing the media in Centurion on Thursday. Nel said on Thursday that the On-Point case had been struck off the roll in 2015 because one of the accused was ill.
The EFF said in a statement afterwards that the prosecution was a "nonsensical attempt of the ultra-right wing" that had less to do about the rule of law than deflecting attention from the thorny issue of land.
"Double standards doesn't lie with AfriForum, it lies with the NPA", he said.
Mfaku said the NPA informed the lobby group that it would make a decision on or before August 18 on whether to prosecute Malema or not. Nel said a quick check online had confirmed that Malema's co-accused had recovered from his illness, leaving no reason why the case should not proceed.
Afriforum CEO Callie Kriel took things one step further, saying: "We can only hope that the fact that the ANC wants (Malema) back does not play a role here".
Nel also explained that, by holding a press conference, AfriForum sought to put public pressure on the NPA to either reinstate the charges or to allow his organisation to pursue a private prosecution. "The NPA couldn't present a solid case, hence the High Court struck it off the roll", she said. "The NPA neglected its duty by simply abandoning the case against Malema", said Nel.
"In this contract it is agreed that On-Point's involvement may not even be disclosed to the National Treasury".
Former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela in 2012 found that the awarding of the tender was unlawful.