DA campaigns in Mthatha

Party leader Helen Zille took her party's message to the Walter Sisulu University on Sunday.

FILE: DA leader Helen Zille on Sunday 13 April 2014 took his party's election campaign to Mthatha's Walter Sisulu University. Picture: Sapa.

CAPE TOWN - The Democratic Alliance (DA) has taken its election campaign to Mthatha in the Eastern Cape.

Party leader Helen Zille took her party's message to the Walter Sisulu University on Sunday.

The party has been dealt a blow this week, after being informed its election adverts have been pulled from both South African Broadcasting Corporation SABC) radio and TV stations.

Zille was joined by traditional leaders in the province while campaigning.

She says the rally has been well received by the local communities.

"We had a wonderful huge rally in Mthatha today, thousands of people came including King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo. It was a wonderful response, people surged into the hall."

Meanwhile, DA has laid a complaint against the SABC for allegedly refusing to air the party's election adverts on TV or radio.

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has 48 hours to respond to the official opposition's complaint.

The DA's Geordin Hill-Lewis says they're ready to take legal action if necessary.

"We would just be happy to get our radio and television adverts back on the air then after that we will consider legal action."

ANC TO APPROACH ELECTORAL COURT

The ANC says it will approach the electoral court this week over the Democratic Alliance's Nkandla SMS.

The ruling party was granted leave to appeal after the High Court in Johannesburg ruled an SMS claiming President Jacob Zuma stole tax payers' money constituted "fair "comment.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela found the president improperly benefitted from the R246 million upgrades to his private home in KwaZulu-Natal.

But the ANC wants an apology from the official opposition for sending out an SMS claiming Zuma stole money.

ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu said, "The DA fasley accused the president through that SMS and that was infringement of the electoral act. We will approach the electoral court through our appeal so we want them to retract the SMS and apologise to the ANC and to Zuma."