Maimane accuses SABC of delaying its election campaign

Democratic Alliance leader, Mmusi Maimane, says the South African Broadcasting Corporation’s (SABC) reasons for refusing to air its election advert do not hold water.

Maimane says the SABC is delaying its election campaign. The DA says it will go ahead with its plans to lodge a complaint with the Independent Communications Authority (Icasa), stating that the SABC has allegedly refused to air its election advertisement.

The DA says the SABC had informed the party that it had no available slots for political advertisements.

“I’m accusing the SABC of blocking our television advertising now. We want to put on advert for the TV viewers for tonight and the SABC is saying ‘no they can’t’ because they don’t have slots. And I’m saying the elections have been gazetted, those slots were purchased – what is this political manoeuvring? This is not a state broadcaster or the ANC broadcaster it is a public therefore we are entitled to air the advert and therefore it must be aired today…”

Meanwhile, SABC spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago says the DA was informed about the processes that must be followed in terms of election advertising.

“We know that when elections come around we are always going to be accused of one thing or the other…they approached us to say they want advertising and we said to them that once we receive the list from ICASA and IEC which has always been the norm for all registered political parties, we will be able to do that…we said to them there are certain things that need to be done on the advert…so there is no reason as to why we would not want to air the advert.”

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