It's now official: the ANC and the communications minister the ruling party deployed to the Cabinet are at war. There can be no other interpretation of the events of the last 24 hours. At issue is the decision on the type of digital terrestrial television we will use. It's a decision that will have implications for South Africa for a long time, possibly the next 50 years. At its heart is a choice between a system that will allow for strong, sustainable, independent television stations, and an SABC that will be able to broadcast in high definition, while protecting their content, and a system that will result in lower-quality broadcasts, make it impossible to prevent piracy, and help only MultiChoice/DStv. Now the battle is out in the open. By STEPHEN GROOTES.