The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA) recently laid criminal charges against former SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng, members of the SABC board, and the broadcaster’s executive managers.
According to OUTA, the charges – which were filed at the Brixton Police Station – included fraud, racketeering, corruption, and abuse of power.
Many South Africans have stopped paying their TV licences in protest over the problems at the SABC, and OUTA told these users that they do not have to fear commonly-used debt-collecting tactics.
“You cannot get blacklisted for not paying a TV licence. Your credit record cannot be negatively affected prior to judgement in a court of law,” said OUTA.
“Unless a summons has been hand delivered by the Sheriff of the Court, consider all SMS and collection letters as hollow threats.”
The organisation said the same tactic is used with etolls in an attempt to get users to pay.