SABC acting CEO James Aguma reportedly told parliament that the broadcaster “had no idea who in the country were actually legitimate SABC TV Licence holders”.
According to Channel24, Aguma said R17.7 billion had to be written off from the TV Licence database due to problems with the SABC’s record keeping.
Aguma told parliament the SABC attempted to clean up its licence records, but had to hire consultants to complete the task.
The consultants found that around 1 million TV Licence accounts were attributed to individuals who “shouldn’t have been added as licence holders or were deceased”.
Before the clean-up, the licence database was worth R23.8 billion – this dropped to R6.1 billion.
Aguma said the SABC would work hard to “turn the negative into a positive”, and use proper accounting practices on its new database.