Icasa to rule on DA's SABC complaint

The opposition says the SABC's reasons for not flighting its ads are almost certainly illegal.

Icasa's Paseka Maleka says a ruling will be made by the end of the day. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) is expected to rule on the Democratic Alliance's (DA) complaint against the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) this afternoon.

The opposition party claims the reasons put forward by the corporation for refusing to flight its 'paid for' election advert are almost certainly illegal.

The advert shows the party's Mmusi Maimane asking President Jacob Zuma tackling the lack of jobs.

Icasa's Paseka Maleka says a ruling will be made by the end of today.

"Icasa, the DA and the SABC have exchanged documents. We're currently working on the complaint and will have a decision towards the end of the day."

Meanwhile, the SABC hit back at opposition parties which have accused it of favouring the ANC in its election news coverage.

It says the comments are nothing more than small parties clamouring for attention ahead of the polls.

SABC spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago said the broadcaster isn't surprised by the allegations as it happens every time South Africa heads to the polls.