NEWSWATCH: Icasa has ruled in the SABC's favour over complaints about DA and EFF election adverts, so the DA has launched a new ad, and the EFF will march in protest over what it calls the SABC's 'ban' on its ad, reports Mail & Guardian. (Videos)
Mail & Guardian: DA launches new election ad, EFF marches over SABC 'ban'... After ICASA ruled in favour over the first DA Ayisafani TV ad, the party has bounced back with "Ayisafani 2: The DA is bigger, stronger, and ready to win!" that omits the reference to police violence against members of the public.
According to Mail & Guardian, "In the initial advert, Maimane says "the police are killing our people" as a photo of a police officer firing rubber bullets at two unarmed people is shown. This led to the complaint from the SAPS, which Icasa upheld on Friday night, telling the DA to remove the "offending part" of the advert.
The new ad, which is due to be broadcast today, focuses on job creation and the growth of the DA.
Out with the old...
And in with the new: Ayisafani 2
Meanwhile, Malema (and the EFF, of course) is miffed that Icasa also upheld the SABC's decision to reject the EFF ad, and now plans to march on the national broadcaster's Auckland Park head office, reports Mail & Guardian.
The EFF advert
According to the Mail & Guardian report, Icasa spokesperson Paseka Maleka said "The [Icasa 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".
I do not like the EFF, but I have to agree that there statement about e-tolls is not inflammatory (except to the ANC officials whose pockets are filled by e-tolling). The SABC is not making any attempt to present balanced views. It is now openly the ANC's broadcaster. Instead of marching, the EFF should call for a boycott of SABC licences.
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