Zille: DA will take out ‘corrupt ANC snake’

2014-04-13 06:00

DA leader Helen Zille said the DA would “take out” the “corrupt snake” of the ANC.

Zille spoke yesterday to more than 1 000 supporters at a rally in Jabulani, Soweto, against the decision of the SABC to pull the DA’s latest election advertisement off air.

She said ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe once compared the ANC to a snake and Zuma to the head of the snake. He said if the head of the snake was destroyed, the snake would die too.

Zille told the cheering crowd: “If that snake is a corrupt snake in our politics, we will take it out because the ANC ‘ayisafani’ [isn’t what it used to be].”


She said Zuma was taking the country back to the time when the police, the prosecuting authority and the public broadcaster were all under the National Party and no criticism was allowed against apartheid prime ministers PW Botha, John Vorster or any other apartheid leader.

“We fought and we won and we beat that system, but now why is the SABC protecting him [Zuma]?

“They don’t care about you,” she told the largely black crowd. “They only care about one man, and then they insult your intelligence by giving laughable reasons.”

The SABC pulled the DA’s advertisement because it said it would incite violence, it published false information about other candidates or parties, it broke the Advertising Standards Authority’s code, which prohibited attacking another’s product to protect their own, and because the broadcaster did not permit personal criticism of individuals.

DA Gauteng premier candidate Mmusi Maimane, who features prominently in the ad, flanked her at the mini-rally held after the march where the ad was played on a portable big screen next to the stage.


Zille told journalists after the rally the party had submitted an appeal to communications regulator Icasa and the authority has 48 hours – until tomorrow afternoon – to decide whether the SABC’s decision should be overturned.

This meant the DA’s ads would be off air for the weekend.

In its submission, the DA argued the SABC’s decision was “unlawful, unconstitutional and irrational”.

SABC spokesperson Kaiser Kganyago confirmed the DA’s Ayisafani ads had been removed from its TV and radio stations, and said the party would forfeit its slots if it didn’t submit an amended version of the advertisement.

Zille said this amounted to censorship and added the advertisement was still being aired on other channels.

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