Tuesday, March 13, 2018

With less than a third of South Africans paying their TV licences, the struggling SABC is owed more than R25.5 billion in unpaid SABC TV licence fees.

The struggling South African public broadcaster is owed a daunting R25.5 billion in unpaid SABC TV licence fees over just the past 3 years, has been revealed in South Africa's parliament in a written reply by the country's minister of communications.

The SABC remains mired in financial trouble and is owed a whopping R25 588 801 443 by people who have SABC TV licences but who refuse to pay their annual fees.

South Africa's latest minister of communications - the 10th minister of communications in 10 years, Nomvula Mokonyane, made a written reply to Phumzile Van Damme, the Democratic Alliance (DA) political party's member of parliament who wanted to know what the outstanding amount is that the SABC is due in SABC TV licence fees, what amount of money the SABC wrote off in unpaid debt and what the SABC's total number of SABC TV licence holders are.

Nomvula Mokonyane revealed that the SABC is owed a staggering R25 588 801 443 by April 2017 and that the SABC wrote off a massive R4.5 billion due to "invalid" accounts in the 2016/2017 financial year.

Shockingly, less than a third of people with SABC TV licences are bothering to pay their annual fees.

By April 2017 the SABC had just over 9 million SABC TV licence holders, although the SABC TV licence fees of just 2.6 million have been paid in full by that time.