televisionThe Registrar received a complaint wherein the word “msunu” was included in a pre-recorded broadcast by the Respondent. The time of broadcast was 10h00 on a Sunday morning. It was not disputed that the word is grossly offensive and cannot have any other meaning than that of referring to female genitalia in a vulgar and offensive manner. Clause 7(1) of the Code clearly prohibits the use of grossly offensive language before the watershed. The Tribunal had no doubt that at the time of the broadcast that a large number of children was likely to have been present in the audience. The audience advisory of PG13VL did not suffice to prevent a contravention of Clause 6(1) and 6(11) of the Code. The Complaint was upheld and a fine of R10 000 was imposed.