DA’s Ayisafani advert scores nearly 500 000 hits on YouTube

2014-04-19 12:37

The DA’s Ayisafani (It’s not the same) election TV advert – originally pulled off the air by the SABC – had garnered nearly half a million views on Youtube by this afternoon.

Over 491 000 people had viewed the advertisement on the social media site since it was posted on April 8. It boasted 3 796 likes and 237 thumbs down.

The advert shows the DA’s Gauteng premier candidate and spokesperson Mmusi Maimane standing in front of a mirror talking about the current state of the country.

The DA has added a caption to the Youtube video, calling for supporters to “Help the DA fight corruption, eTolls and Nkandla” – as well as providing a link for donations.


Under the video link, a variety of comments – some of them heated – weigh up the merits of the advertisement. A more lighthearted batch are about the English automatic captions that Youtube has created for the advertisement. Maimane’s declaration that “there have been some great leaders”, has been translated as “there has been some crazy to see leaders”.

At one point in the advertisement, a mention of the ANC is subtitled as “Nancy” and Maimane’s final slogan line: “ANC Ayisafani, together we can bring hope”, is translated as “ENC, I said fine to get weekend.”

This week, it was announced that the television advertisement, as well as five radio ads, would be aired by the SABC after the national broadcaster had originally pulled them after they were flighted on April 8 and 9.

The party then lodged a complaint with the Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa).

On Wednesday, a hearing by the Complaints and Compliance Committee at Icasa was postponed after the SABC hired a new legal team.

The DA accepted the postponement on condition that the party’s six adverts be aired with immediate effect.

Originally, the SABC had said it could not broadcast the advertisements on grounds related to incitement of violence, publication of false information about election candidates and parties, the perceived personal nature of the attack on President Jacob Zuma and advertising standards that did not allow the discrediting of one product to promote another.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


5 top leg exercises for men

Here’s our selection of the five best leg exercises that you can do in the comfort of your own home.


You won't want to miss...

10 best dressed men of 2017
How to open a beer bottle without an opener
WATCH: Man films himself going down water slide upside down as things go very wrong…
WATCH: Conor McGregor: Notorious the trailer
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.