A reasonable viewer would not be offended by advertisements depicting sangomas‚ prophets and evangelists who promise to “kill the evil spirit of traffic fines”‚ an advertising body has ruled.
The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) ruling comes after a complaint lodged by Peter Tamplin against the Road Traffic Infringement Agency (RTIA).
One of the commercials Tamplin complained about shows a man consulting an evangelist over traffic fines.
The conversation between the two goes as follows.
Kitso: “I need these traffic fines gone.”
Evangelist: “Fear not‚ my brother; I will bless the 95 unleaded from your car. When you drink that 95‚ it will taste like the sweet wine of glory. After that‚ you will appear in front of me and I will spray you with insect spray. I will kill dead the evil spirit of traffic fines-ah. The devil is a liar! The devil is a liar!”