Only 40% of Mzansi believe that not paying their TV licence is wrong

By Doug Mattushek - 26 September 2019Views : 570

The general trend of apathy towards paying TV licences in South Africa continues.

According to research company Citizen Surveys, just 40% of over 15 000 polled believed that not paying their TV license is wrong. More significantly, this number is down 9% from the 2018 statistics.

"At the beginning of last year, 13% of South Africans did not see any issues with those who do not pay their SABC TV licence," added Reza Omar, the director at Citizen Surveys.

"This rose significantly, where, in the second quarter of 2019, 21% of South Africans believed there is nothing wrong with not paying."

SABC spokesperson Vuyo Mthembu revealed that TV licenses account for around 15% of the bottom line. ||"The revenue derived from the payment of TV licences assists the organisation with the procurement of local and international content," Mthembu told TimesLIVE.

"In the 2017/2018 financial year, the SABC collected close to R1bn in TV licence fees, which amounted to about 15% of the organisation's total revenue."

The news comes in the wake of the state-owned broadcaster announcing a 5% hike in TV licenses.