Row over Julius Malema election advert

JOHANNESBURG - South Africa's public broadcaster has said it refused to broadcast a campaign message from the Economic Freedom Front (EFF) as it incited violence.

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) denied that it was banned because it came from the EFF.

The advert calls for people to "destroy e-Tolls", a controversial new road tolling system.

The EFF, set up by ex-ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema, is contesting an election for the first time next month.

Mr Malema likened the SABC's actions to those used by the apartheid government, which censored messages with anti-government sentiment.

"Once you suppress the people contesting elections it means you not ready to give us free and fair elections because unfair coverage leads to unfair elections," he told reporters in Johannesburg.

However, SABC spokesman Kaiser Kganyago said it was to do with regulations, not politics.

"They submitted it, we looked at it, and we found that we couldn't put it on air," the South African Press Association news agency quotes him as saying.

"The EFF, like any other political party, signed the code of conduct with the IEC [Independent Election Commission] that says it will not incite violence.... [the advert] goes against the code."

The SABC has reportedly written to the EFF telling them to amend the advert, but the party has refused to do so.

Earlier this month, the SABC also rejected an advert from the Democratic Alliance (DA), the country's main opposition party, saying it used language that promoted violence and amounted to a "personal attack" against President Jacob Zuma.

But it was eventually aired after the Independent Communications Authority of SA's (Icasa) complaints and compliance committee ruled in the party's favour.

EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlovu said their party had also lodged an Icasa complaint.

Comments (6)

Is that Malema complaining when he endorsed Zim's election where ZBC refused other parties' campaign adverts?

Maita Manyuka - 23 April 2014

Malema malema malema Irema

eyes open - 24 April 2014

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welcome zanu pf in south africa. malema is mugabe's son. just wait and see. he knows how to win senseless people to vote for him just like his father robert has done it in the past 34 years. you are in for a high jump south africa. once again the race issue this guy will use so well. so bye bye to the mandela model of south. the old man might have finally gone with it. and i say again bye bye to them as people turn to this new leader who believes that everything white like his zim dad is evil.

see - 24 April 2014

see-you can only become sense full when one votes in favor of see,tsvangirai fanatic .

evy - 24 April 2014

Malema/Marema should advertise on ZbcTV

studio77 - 25 April 2014

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