EFF promises mass action after SABC bans campaign ad

2014-04-22 13:29

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Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema has promised mass action against the SABC on April 29 if the party’s advert is not flighted on TV.

The one-minute advert was banned on Sunday because the public broadcaster said it incited violence as the advert encouraged citizens to “destroy e-tolls physically”.

Speaking at a press conference in Joburg today, EFF leader Julius Malema said: “Yes, we are going to remove e-tolls physically. You can’t remove them emotionally. Hlaudi [Motsoeneng], Standard 2 graduate. We can’t remove them emotionally.”


Malema claimed the SABC and eNCA had joined forces to silence the EFF.

“They no longer cover EFF events. This is because the now clearly popular agenda of the EFF threatens their bourgeois elite viewers and owners,” he said.

Malema warned that the SABC should not dictate to the EFF what it is allowed to say: “Let the people judge for themselves. The banning of this advert is a clear indication of the ruling party’s refusal for e-tolls to be on the agenda of these elections. The SABC, which reports to Luthuli House, has acted in the interest of their wishes to suppress the fact that the ruling party imposed e-tolls on South Africans,” he said.

Malema also accused the ANC of violently removing their posters. “The ANC has made it its business to follow the EFF everywhere to provoke and disrupt its meetings,” he said.

EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said the official letter informing the party that the advert would not be broadcast only arrived this morning.

The EFF has lodged a complaint with the communications watchdog Icasa’s complaints and compliance committee (CCC).

“The EFF will take legal action against the SABC and [conduct] rolling mass action on April 29 until our advert is aired as the banning is a clear violation of the freedom of expression,” Malema said.

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