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Icasa rules against DA advert

The Democratic Alliance says the ruling is unconstitutional and has vowed to challenge it.

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

JOHANNESBURG - 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 has been upheld by the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (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."

Meanwhile, the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has rejected an advert by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) as it believes it incites violence.

The public broadcaster said the slogan "destroy e-tolls physically" used on the advert incited violence.

The party has refused to amend the advert.