Journalist Karima Brown on Wednesday said she would lay complaints with the police and the Electoral Commission (IEC) against the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) after Julius Malema sparked an outpouring of abuse against her from his supporters. “I am going to lay an official complaint at the IEC.
And the police,” Brown said. She suggested the EFF was in breach of the Electoral Code of Conduct, enshrined in the Electoral Act, which barred registered parties from using language that could provoke violence and enjoined them to respect the role of the media before, during and after elections. “We need to ask the IEC how such a party can be on the ballot box.
It threatens journalists. It encourages its supporters to make rape threats and sexual assault threats. It wants to dictate what I can do as a journalist,” she said.
“It harasses women. It physically attacks us. How is such a party allowed to be part of a constitutional democracy? That is the fundamental question.
” Parties who breach the code risk having their registration for the elections revoked.