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During November 2015, the ASA considered, and ruled against a Winners Chapel Sandton print advertisement published in Sandton Chronicles during October 2015.

The advertisement claimed, inter alia, that this organisation offered "FREEDOM FROM HIV / AIDS, CANCER, DIABETES, DEBT, DRUG ADDICTION, POVERTY, ALCOHOL, KIDNEY AND LIVER PROBLEMS, FEAR, ETC”. The complainant disputed these claims, arguing that there is no evidence that they are true, and that this exploits the superstitions or beliefs of consumers.

All reasonable steps were taken by the ASA to elicit a response from the advertiser, but the advertiser failed to respond. Therefore, the Directorate had no option but to rule based on the information at hand.

The ASA ruled that the advertisement was in contravention of Clause 4.1 of Section II of the Code, as the claims were unsubstantiated. 

Members are therefore requested not to accept advertising from "Winners Chapel International Sandton” promoting any healing abilities.
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