Icasa to hear complaint against DA ad

Johannesburg - The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) is set to hear a complaint by the SA Police Services against the DA's election advert on Thursday morning.

“The SAPS said in their complaint that the television advert would incite violence against the police,” said Icasa spokesman Paseka Maleka.

The DA's Gauteng premier candidate and spokesman, Mmusi Maimane, stars in the party's Ayisafani advert. Screengrab: YouTube. Credit: YouTube

“The police said the part of the advert where the Democratic Alliance's (Gauteng premier candidate) Mmusi Maimane says “..the police are killing our people… ” and shows a policeman shooting at a person, would invite violent acts against the members of the SAPS.”

The advert was previously banned by public broadcaster SABC after it was flighted on April 8 and 9. The SABC said the advert incited violence.

The DA laid a complaint with Icasa, after which a public hearing was held on the matter.

The SABC then brought back the advert and aired it on its channels.

The “Ayisafani” (It's not the same) advert shows Maimane standing in front of a mirror talking about the current state of the country.

The SAPS lodged the complaint on April 19. The public hearing would be held at the Icasa offices in Sandton. - Sapa