DA’s Gauteng premier candidate, Mmusi Maimane. (YouTube)
Johannesburg - The SA Police Service has lodged a complaint
with Icasa over the Democratic Alliance's election advert, Icasa said on
"The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa...
notifies the media and all stakeholders that the Complaints and Compliance
Committee has received a complaint from the SAPS in connection with the DA's
political advertisement currently being broadcast by the SA Broadcasting
Corporation," spokesperson Paseka Maleka said.
"The SAPS said in their complaint that the television
advert would incite violence against the police," said Maleka.
"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
The SAPS lodged the complaint on 19 April.
"After consulting with all relevant parties (SAPS, DA
and SABC), the committee decided to hold a public hearing in order to expedite
the matter," he said.
The hearing would take place on Thursday at Icasa's head
office in Sandton.
The advert was previously banned by public broadcaster SABC
after it was flighted on 8 and 9 April. The SABC said the advert incited
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
The 'Ayisafani' (It's not the same) advert shows Maimane
standing in front of a mirror talking about the current state of the country.