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DA to take Icasa, SABC matter to court

The DA wants a court order compelling Icasa to decide on its complaint against the SABC.

The DA wants a court order compelling Icasa to decide on its complaint against the SABC. Picture: Christa van der Walt/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Democratic Alliance (DA) says it is going to court for an order to force the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) to decide on the party's complaint against the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC).

The public broadcaster pulled the DA's Ayisafani TV advert last week, saying it used language that promoted violence.

DA radio adverts have also been taken off the airwaves.

Party leader and Western Cape Premier Helen Zille says Icasa's own rules state that it must make a decision on a complaint within 48 hours, instead the regulator has decided to hold a public hearing on the matter on Thursday.

Zille says the DA will approach the High Court in Johannesburg with an urgent order.

"We are submitting an urgent High Court application to compel Icasa to hear the DA's complaint against the SABC without further delay."