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EFF vows today's march will be peaceful

The march for economic transformation will go to the Chamber of Mines, Reserve Bank & JSE.

A few hundreds of EFF members gathered at the Mary Fitzgerald Square as they wait for more members and the CIC Julius Malema to arrive on 27 October 2015. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leaders have vowed there will be no violence during their march for economic transformation.

#EFFmarch And we're moving. First stop is the South African Reserve Bank. DB pic.twitter.com/Q4MKfXBB5b

Hundreds of supporters have arrived in Newtown ahead of the march to the Chamber of Mines, the South African Reserve Bank and the JSE in Sandton.

#EFFmarch A student who is affected by the NSFAS funding shortfall. His sponsor was killed in Marikana massacre. DB pic.twitter.com/sRauu33ygp

Those taking part are demanding that major financial institutions allow the country's disadvantaged majority to participate in the economy.

There's a big police presence with officers dressed in riot gear preparing for the march.

#EFFmarch the party's national spokesperson @MbuyiseniNdlozi addressing the crowd. He leads them with song. MR pic.twitter.com/Kh8EfRFpQc

Earlier this morning, EFF leader Julius Malema said he expected at least 5,000 people to be out in the streets.

Police have also parked several heavily-armoured nyalas at strategic street corners.

EFF Secretary-General Godrich Gardee says marchers will not resort to violence.

#EFFMarch Riot police barricading around the stage Julius Malema is addressing people on pic.twitter.com/ojOzxb6nrE

Some supporters have opened their car boots and are playing music and selling EFF-branded clothing.

At the same time, a participant who collapsed as the procession took off this afternoon, is receiving treatment from paramedics.

#EFFmarch A participant collapses just as procession takes off. DB. pic.twitter.com/GbpuNhtP93

'ANC DOES NOT CARE ABOUT BLACK PEOPLE'

Meanwhile, the EFF leader has accused the ANC of 'being in bed' with white monopoly capitalism.

As soon as Malema arrived at the Mary Fitz Gerald Square in Johannesburg, supporters started chanting his name and breaking into song.

#EFFMarch Marcher listening attentively as leader Julius Malena speaks. MM pic.twitter.com/YEHdZZA2wW

Malema urged his supporters to behave and remember the importance of today's demonstration.

He also accused the ANC of not caring about black people 21 years after gaining power.

Follow EWN's live blog on the march here.