Burn your TV licence – Julius Malema

2014-07-27 08:26

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Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema says his supporters should stop paying their TV licences.

Speaking at the party’s one-year anniversary rally yesterday, Malema told the more than ten thousand people who had gathered at the celebration rally in Thokoza Park, Soweto, that the SABC did not deserve their respect.

“All of us here must stop paying TV licences; there must be a march where all of us are going to burn our TV licences in front of the SABC,” the EFF leader said, to cheers from the crowd.

In his address, the former ANC Youth League president said the public broadcaster had planned to carry the rally live on one of its TV stations.

He claimed the SABC changed its mind at the last minute because of political influence.

“With the SABC or not, we shall survive because we have you, the masses, behind us,” he added.

Referring to the Public Protector’s recommendations that the now permanently appointed COO, Hlaudi Motsoeneng, be replaced, Malema described the communications minister’s decision to retain Motsoeneng in the position as disrespecting the law.

He said refusing to pay your TV licence was not a criminal offence.

“How do they undermine the Public Protector and still expect us to respect them?” he asked.

Tau Moleleki of North West, who arrived in the early hours for the celebrations, said he chose to be at the anniversary over staying home to watch the Soweto derby.

“I’m a loyal EFF supporter and member. I wish our organisation a long life in local politics and peace within our ranks,” the 32-year-old said.

After the speeches, EFF supporters who had arrived from all over the country were treated to entertainment.

The programme continued late into the night.


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