Media Statement from the National
South African Police Service
25 April 2014
The SAPS is
satisfied with today’s decision by the Independent Communications Authority of
South Africa’s (ICASA) Complaints and Compliance Committee (CCC) that our
complaint to this regulatory body is valid.
lodged a complaint to the committee in relation to a distasteful Democratic
Alliance’s (DA) political advertisement entitled “Ayisafani”, which was first
broadcasted by the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) 8 and 9 April
advertisement depicts the DA’s 2014 election candidate for Gauteng’s
Premiership, Mr Mmusi Maimane in which among other things he said: “We’ve seen
a police force killing our own people”. The advertisement’s footage depicts a
police officer allegedly shooting at two apparently unarmed people who are
cowering away from the police.
the advertisement’s footage is inaccurate and misleading as the two people
shown in the image were never killed or shot at and no live ammunition was used.
The footage was carefully selected from one of Bekkersdal’s illegal and violent
protests where the police had to restore public order to protect the life of
law abiding citizens and their property.
We lodged a
complaint in terms of Regulation 6 (9) on Party Election Broadcasts, Political
Advertisements and the Equitable Treatment of Political Parties by Broadcasting
Licensees and Related Matters, 2014 as we believe that the DA deliberately
carried on with this fallacy to suit their egocentric agenda, an act that we
feel strongly that is utterly irresponsible, desperate and borders on lack of
morality and falsehood.
regulation states that a party that submits a political advertisement to a
broadcasting service licensee for broadcast must ensure that the advertisement
does not contravene the provisions of the Electoral Code, the Electoral Act,
the Constitution, the Electronic Communications Act 2005, (Act 36 of 2005) and
the Broadcasting Act.
the regulation clearly states that the advertisement must not contain any
material that is calculated, or that in the ordinary course is likely, to
provoke or incite any unlawful, illegal or criminal act, or that may be
perceived as condoning or lending support to any such act.
As SAPS we
feel strongly that the advertisement breaches the Regulations, because there is
a likelihood that it will incite or provoke violence against the police. The
SAPS requested the ICASA’s CCC to make a finding that the advertisement
breaches the Regulations and to recommend that ICASA as the broadcasting
regulatory body, instructs the SABC to terminate broadcasting of the
become clear that the Democratic Alliance sought to drive a wedge between the
SAPS and community it serves. We are witnessing our police officers homes being
burnt to the ground, police officers are being attacked and murdered and this
type of statements will serve only to fuel such attacks on our officers. SAPS
will continue to serve the community with utmost objectivity, due diligence and
respect for human rights to ensure that people of South Africa are and feel
safe. This victory over the DA is indicative of much we value our relationship
with our communities.
upon South Africans to condemn any and all acts of violence and/or speeches
that incite violence. We will also continue to respect the democratic rights of
people to demonstrate but we ask that such rights be exercised in a peaceful
manner and within the confines of the law. Carrying of weapons and acts of
violence during these demonstrations will not be tolerated.
General Solomon Makgale
Mobile: 082 781 8863