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DA accuses SABC of censorship

The opposition party will approach Icasa after the public broadcaster refused to air and election ad.

The DA says the SABC is guilty of censorship after it refused to show an advert for the party. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Democratic Alliance (DA) on Friday said it will approach the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) after the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) refused to flight an election advert.

The official opposition claims the reasons put forward by the public broadcaster are spurious and almost certainly illegal.

The advert shows DA Gauteng premier candidate Mmusi Maimane asking President Jacob Zuma "where are the jobs."

Maimane says the SABC is not playing fair.

"The SABC is bowing down to the ANC's pressure where no criticism can be put on Zuma or in fact on the ANC. We believe this advert has been censored."

Maimane says the advert should be put back on television.

"The SABC cannot be censoring what we believe is anti the spirit of freedom of speech."

The state broadcaster hasn't formally responded to numerous requests for comment.

SABC acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Tian Olivier has been quoted as writing to the DA, saying the ad's reference to police shooting people at Marikana could be incitement to further violence.

Olivier also said the DA's claims around Nkandla haven't been tested in a court of law.