The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) is owed R25 billion in TV licence fees. Communications minister, Nomvula Mokonyane says that amount is for the past three years alone.
The corporation has already written off 4.5 billion rands of invalid accounts. Speaking to Ray White on The Midday Report, Phumzile Van Damme, Democratic Alliance (DA) shadow minister for communications said there are many reasons why people are not paying their TV licences.
In recent years, people have withheld payment in boycott because of the sheer mismanagement during the Hlaudi era at the SABC, and a lot of people felt that they shouldn't be giving their money to a public broadcaster that was mismanaged and was rife with corruption— Phumzile Van Damme, DA Shadow Communications Minister
She says that TV licence fees only poll 11% of SABC's revenue and that the entity needs to find innovative ways to fund themselves.
Listen below to hear Van Damme's stance on the matter: