Icasa: EFF advert must be edited

The organisation has ruled the advert encourages people to break the law.

The public broadcaster has refused to play the EFF television advert which calls on the public to physically destroy e-tolls. Picture: Lesego Ngobeni/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has ruled against the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) objection to the SABC not playing its election advert.

The public broadcaster has refused to play the EFF television advert which calls on the public to physically destroy e-tolls.

Icasa has ruled that the advert associates with an illegal act and encourages people to break the law.

Spokesman Paseka Maleka says, "The content of the PEB [Party Election Broadcast] is in contravention of the regulations as it may be perceived as condoning or lending support to any unlawful, illegal or criminal acts.

"The EFF is therefore at liberty to take advantage of the opportunity to edit the advert itself and resubmit to the SABC."

Earlier on Saturday a complaint by the police regarding a Democratic Alliance (DA) election advert that contains a photo of a police officer shooting rubber bullets at civilians was upheld by Icasa.

It says the offending part of the advert must be removed. The DA's Mmusi Maimane has called the decision an injustice and says the opposition party will take the ruling under review in the high court.

The DA's Geordin Hill-Lewis says, "The DA believes that the decision by Icasa to censor our ANC Ayisafani advert is an unacceptable, illegal and unconstitutional decision and we will immediately take it on review to the courts."

The DA's Ayisafani TV ad