EFF supporters crowd empire road

By Drum Digital
29 April 2014

Hundreds of EFF supporters crowded Empire Road in Parktown, Johannesburg, ahead of their planned march to the SABC.

Hundreds of Economic Freedom Fighters' supporters crowded Empire Road in Parktown, Johannesburg, ahead of their planned march to the SABC on Tuesday. Sounds of "voetsek man" echoed on the street as they sang and danced. Marshals maintained order during the singing. EFF spokesman Mbuyiseni Ndlozi told reporters the march would be robust and militant, but peaceful.

"The EFF is very peaceful. The only violent people are the ANC who have killed people in Mothutlung, Relela and Marikana."

A few placards were hoisted high in the air along with flags and posters.

A placard 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 to 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 EFF's advert and take the party's message to voters. He maintained the advert did not incite violence.

"The advert has been out but no member has thrown stones at the gantries."

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

Picture courtesy of  Felix Dlangamandla ?

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