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SABC blocks DA radio ads

Just a few hours after a protest, the DA said its radio adverts had also been blocked.

The SABC office block in Aukland Park. Picture: Tshepo Lesole/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Democratic Alliance (DA) says the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has now blocked all its radio and television election adverts.

The DA on Saturday held a protest in Soweto against the refusal by the public broadcaster to flight its television advert featuring premier candidate Mmusi Maimane.

Just a few hours after the protest, the DA then said its radio adverts had also been blocked.

The DA's chief of staff Geordin Hill-Lewis says, "The SABC has communicated to us that they have not only blocked our TV adverts from the airwaves but they have also blocked all of our radio adverts from all SABC radio stations nationwide."

The DA on Friday said it will approach the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) following the canning of its TV election advert.

Meanwhile, the court battle between the DA and the ruling ANC regarding an SMS sent out to potential voters by the DA seems to be far from over.

This is after the ANC was granted leave to appeal a high court ruling regarding the SMS accusing President Jacob Zuma of stealing tax payers' money when government made security upgrades to his Nkandla homestead.

The High Court in Johannesburg handed down the ruling earlier this month but the ANC on Saturday filed its application to appeal.

It felt it must appeal the decision because it believed acting Judge Mike Hellens used defamation law to make his decision when he should have applied the electoral law.

Spokesman Jackson Mthembu says today is a victory for free and fair elections.

The ruling party is adamant Zuma never stole the public's money.

"We're excited because this is a victory for free and fair elections. We still maintain that the president never stole any money. The public protector's report never anywhere mentions that the president stole any money."

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela found Zuma " improperly benefited" from measures implemented "in the name of security".