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EFF marches on SABC over banned ad

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Members of the EFF are marching in protest of Icasa's ruling, which was in favour of the SABC's decision not to flight the party's election advert.

The march is in protest of the public broadcaster refusing to air the party's election commercial. (AFP)

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) supporters have started to gather at Pieter Roos Park in Johannesburg ahead of a planned march to the SABC.

EFF members wearing red berets were singing and dancing 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".

The march is in protest over the public broadcaster refusing to air the party's election commercial. The SABC claims the advert incites violence. The matter was taken to the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa), which ruled in favour of the broadcaster.

'Destroy e-tolls physically'
The advertisement contained a slogan, which read "destroy e-tolls physically".

"The [committee] ruled that the [advert] may be perceived as condoning or lending support to unlawful acts in that it talks about destroying e-tolls, which would be perceived as damage to property," Icasa spokesperson Paseka Maleka said.

Johannesburg Metro police spokesperson 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 will proceed in a westerly direction on Empire towards the SABC," he said. – Sapa

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