DA takes advert battle with SABC to Icasa

This comes after the SABC refused to show the party's election adverts.

DA leader Mmusi Maimane interacts with supporters at the Rand Stadium in Johannesburg on 23 April 2016 for the party's official manifesto launch for the 2016 local government elections. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Democratic Alliance (DA) says it's now taking the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) to communications regulator Icasa, after it refused to broadcast the party's election adverts.

The DA says the SABC has an obligation to broadcast its adverts as the election has now been proclaimed.

But the SABC says it's still waiting for the official list of political parties from the Independent Electoral Commission.

The DA's Phumzile van Damme says, "These are nothing but poor excuses for the SABC to continue what we believe is censoring us ahead of the elections in favour of the ANC."

The DA says it's confident Icasa will force the SABC to broadcast its election adverts.

Van Damme said, "It's not the first time that the SABC has decided to ban DA adverts; it happened in the 2014 election and we took the matter to Icasa and we won and we will win again."