- Jun 28, 2017
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That's what was paid out.
Van Damme on Monday described the debt as a direct result of mismanagement of the SABC over the recent years, adding that South Africans had lost confidence in the public broadcaster and that many had stopped paying in protest.
“Advertisers also withdrew their business by not wanting to advertise with an SABC in turmoil. One of the biggest tasks of the new board is to look at new sources of revenue and start moving away from licence fees,” she said.
over R30 billion
Mokonyane stated that an astonishing R25,588,801,443 was owed to the SABC in unpaid fees over the last three years as viewers chose not to pay their licence fees.
The minister added that the debt could have been higher but the public broadcaster wrote off more than R4.5 billion of unpaid debts on over a million “invalid” accounts in the 2016/17 financial year.