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While some fear M23, which has a record of carrying out executions and of forcing children into its ranks, other residents of this lakeside city are afraid of the undisciplined Congolese army, which the rebels pushed out of Goma on Nov. 20.


Broadcaster rejects ad with cartoon president

JOHANNESBURG — South Africa’s national broadcaster rejected an ad featuring a cartoon version of President Jacob Zuma enjoying a bargain fast-food dinner of fish and chips inside a mansion named after his family’s rural home, which has received millions of dollars in state-funded renovations.

The advertisement for Fish and Chips Co. that SABC declined to air adds to several spots designed to play on ethnic or political divisions in the nation that have sparked controversy in recent years.

The 30-second ad shows a mansion flying the South African flag labeled as Nkandla, referring to Mr. Zuma’s home that local news reports say has received $23 million in improvement in recent months, including new fences and a medical clinic.

Inside, a long table of women and children eat the inexpensive meal — a nod to Mr. Zuma’s polygamous lifestyle — with one woman referring to the president as “Zuzulicious.”

The ad had been scheduled to air Monday night on SABC, but the television broadcaster declined to show it.

SABC spokesman Kaizer Kganyago said the broadcaster refused to air the ad because its officials thought it implied that Mr. Zuma lent his credibility to the $2.85 food deal.

“The impression is given that the family is endorsing the brand,” Mr. Kganyago told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

• From wire dispatches and staff reports