Advertising at airports

2016-08-17 06:00

THE Inkatha Freedom Party is deeply concerned about the advertising space allocated to the African National Congress at our international airports.

When walking into the arrival terminals at these airports it appears as though one has walked into the ANC campaign headquarters.

The IFP finds it unacceptable that one political party is given such privileges.

We understand that the Airports Company of South Africa (Acsa) is legally and financially autonomous, and operates under commercial law, but it is majority owned by the South African government, and as such should not show preference to any one particular political party. From a commercial point of view, we know that Acsa derives some of its revenue through advertising.

If Acsa is making advertising space in airports available to political parties, then it should have been advertised openly so that all political parties could have equal opportunity to purchase advertising space. It now appears that the ANC has been given preferential treatment by Acsa, and this is unacceptable.

We therefore question the advertising policy of Acsa and demand to know why the ANC has been given preference to advertise at airports.

In the interests of democracy and transparency, we also demand to know whether the advertising space was put out to tender, and if so, we would like details of such.

BLESSED GWALA

IFP National Chairman

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