For months, I deleted TV Licence payment SMS messages sent my way while chuckling gleefully – but this week, the SABC had the final laugh.
I paid my TV Licence on Thursday. And not just the R265 annual fee, I paid the penalties, too, which saw the bill total R317.
Unfortunately, the SABC dealt a killer blow which could not be evaded: requiring a TV Licence to buy a new TV.
I had to purchase a new TV this week and visited a local retailer to ensure I got the exact model I wanted.
When paying for the TV, I was told they needed to validate my TV Licence before I could be on my way.
I had forgotten about the licence requirement, and my only hope was that the SABC’s systems had incorrectly flagged me as a paid holder.
The retailer said my TV Licence had expired and I needed to renew it – and pay the associated penalties – if I wanted to take the TV home with me.
So I handed over my driver’s (for identification), asked him to add the TV Licence to the total bill, and I paid the R317.
What the SABC failed to do for over a year, a friendly salesman managed to complete in under two minutes.
Well played, SABC. You had me over a barrel and there was nothing I could do.
Ignoring an SMS and writing snarky comments about non-compliance is easy, but deciding between the moral high ground and taking home a new TV was not as simple.