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SAPS complains about DA election ad

2014-04-24 07:13
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 Wednesday.

"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 SAPS."

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 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.




  


- SAPA
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