Cops launch complaint over DA ad

The police service lodged a complaint with Icasa over the DA’s election advert.

A screenshot of the DA's Mmusi Maimane in his party's 'Ayisafani' advert which was banned by the SABC.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Police Service has lodged a complaint with the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) over the Democratic Alliance (DA)'s election advert.

The ad, which was banned and then reinstated by the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) last week, makes references to the Marikana shootings, the Nkandla scandal and the government under the leadership of the ANC.

A hearing is scheduled to take place at Icasa's head office in Johannesburg today.

Meanwhile, the Democratic Alliance DA's Gauteng premier candidate Mmusi Maimane says freedom of speech should not be limited as South Africans prepare to head to the polls on 7 may.

The national broadcaster has also refused to air an EFF advert, saying it incites violence by calling on supporters to physically remove e-toll gantries.

Maimane says the SABC's conduct raises serious questions about the limitations that are seemingly imposed on political parties.

"What is clear is the fact that there is another agenda at play."

At the same time, the EFF has moved to clarify its election advert which calls for the physical removal of e-toll gantries .

The party's Mbuyiseni Ndlozisays billboards have been up for some time and e-toll gantries have not been damaged or destroyed.

"These billboards are election promises, they are about what parties want to do when they are elected to government. The SABC is ridiculous."

In the EFF's one-minute advert, a woman describes losing her husband at the hands of the police.

The corporation has refused to air the commercial saying it could incite violence as it encourages people to physically destroy e-toll gantries.

The EFF will be taking legal action against the SABC for banning its advert but will also take to the streets in a mass protest next Tuesday.

Malema has said the banning of the advert is a clear indication of the ANC's refusal to put e-tolling on the agenda for the upcoming elections.