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Johannesburg - The planned EFF march to the SABC in Johannesburg on Tuesday will be robust and militant, but peaceful, the party said.
“The EFF is very peaceful,” spokesman Mbuyiseni Ndlozi told reporters.
“The only violent people are the ANC who have killed people in Mothutlung, Relela and Marikana.”
Hundreds of supporters started to gather at Pieter Roos Park in Parktown ahead of the planned march.
Members wearing red berets sang and danced as they waited for more buses to bring in supporters.
They were singing “Si zo votela uMalema” (we will vote for Malema) and “Malema is going, make way for him”.
A placard at the march read: “SABC belongs to Zuma and ANC - let's go burn it,” while another said: “The secrecy bill is not yet signed so why hide our EFF advert - A luta continua (the struggle continues).”
The march is in protest over the public broadcaster refusing to air the party's election commercial.
The SABC claims the advert, which features the slogan “destroy e-tolls physically”, incites violence. The matter was taken to the Independent Communications Authority of SA which ruled in favour of the broadcaster.
Ndlozi said it was the SABC's constitutional duty to air the Economic Freedom Fighters' advert and take the party's message to voters.
He maintained the advert was not inciting violence.
“The advert has been out but no member has thrown stones at the gantries,” he said.
He called on the broadcaster to serve the interests of the public and not the “elite of Luthuli House”, the African National Congress head office.
Johannesburg Metro police spokesman Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar said traffic would be affected around Auckland Park due to the march.
“The march will start on the corner of Empire and Victoria roads and proceed in a westerly direction on Empire towards the SABC,” he said. - Sapa