In order to cancel your TV Licence you need a signed affidavit – but not just any affidavit, a specific one from the SABC.
Unfortunately, according to many TV Licence holders, getting hold of the SABC to get the form is impossible.
Many TV Licence holders have been left frustrated by the cancellation process, with many reporting that they struggle to get through to the correct department or receive the needed documentation.
BusinessTech contacted the SABC to get the prescribed affidavit but, a week later, still has not received any response.
Fortunately, some were successful in cancelling their TV Licence in the past and have shared the document with others.
To cancel your TV Licence, this is the form you need:
Along with the form, you also need to provide the following details:
- The date from which you’re no longer using or are in possession of any TV set
- An explanation of what happened to the TV set that was in your possession:
- If you sold or donated your TV, you need to provide the new owner’s details (surname, initials, ID number and address) as well as their TV Licence number if applicable.
- If your TV was stolen, you need to provide the case number under which the crime was reported to the police.
- If your TV was repossessed, you need the store manager’s signature or store stamp on the affidavit.
- You also need to confirm (via the affidavit) that you have no other TV sets
These need to be completed and sent to [email protected] as a cancellation request.
The SABC said that it reserves the right to dispatch inspectors to check whether you still have a TV or not. On its website, it says that inspector fees are R300 per visit.
Should a TV be found in your possession after the processing of your cancellation, you will be liable for the payment of TV Licence fees as well as penalities.
If the matter ever goes to court, under the Broadcast Act you face a R500 fine on top of everything you owe, six months in prison – or both.
(Thanks to Louis Botes for the information)