The DA will lodge a formal complaint with the Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) about the SABC’s refusal, once again, to air the DA’s election adverts, the party said on Sunday.
The SABC had informed the DA that it had no available slots for political adverts at this time due to delays in the Electoral Commission of SA’s (IEC) work with respect to the elections, DA national spokeswoman Phumzile van Damme said.
“This is nothing but a poor excuse by the SABC in order to censor the DA’s political advertisements as has become standard during election time,” she said.
“The DA and indeed all political parties are well within their rights to air party political advertisements at this time as the election date has been proclaimed.”
In terms of Icasa municipal election regulations, political parties were allowed to broadcast political adverts during the election period.