Daily Maverick (Johannesburg)

South Africa: Hannibal Elector - Hlaudi, Play the Damn Commercial!

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Just when you thought P.W. Botha's SABC had been transformed into a multicultural public broadcaster for all, Hlaudi Motsoening's gong show reminds South Africa that when it comes to TV, the ANC insist on playing it like it was in the apartheid days. Not coming soon to a telly near you? Ayisafani 2.

The truly unbelievable has finally happened in this election - the public broadcaster has banned a Democratic Alliance infomercial twice. The second Ayisafani advert, the DA's follow up to their blockbuster first Ayisafani advert, is so timid that it could be selling a juicer, or hair curlers.

Nonetheless, SABC's Chief Operating Officer Hlaudi Motsoening - arguably the dumbest sleazebag to ever helm a state institution in this country's history - has presided over another trampling of South Africans' constitutional rights to free speech.

This isn't about support for the DA. It's about your voice box. I mean, just check this out:

"The DA has received notice from the SABC's Head of Broadcast Compliance, Mr Fakir Hassen, that the SABC will not allow the DA's second Ayisafani election TV advert to air." Um, because? "Since the ICASA ruling on ...

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