SABC has hopes to raise TV license prices, DA opposes the idea

- The SABC wants permission from the Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies to raise the price of TV licences

- The broadcaster hopes to raise tariffs with as much as 5%

- However, the DA has opposed the idea and says the SABC must find another way to increase its revenue

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The South African Broadcasting Corporation wants to increase the TV licence fees by 5% and South Africans aren't impressed.

The broadcaster has asked the Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies, Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, to review and amend the legislation governing TV licence tariff fees.

More than 7 million people have stopped paying their licences and with an increase in the fee, it's likely that number will quickly rise.

The Democratic Alliance has expressed its opposition of the plan, reports SowetanLIVE.

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Phumzile van Damme, DA communications shadow minister, said:

"The DA is opposed to any additional [increase] - what would be in essence - taxation of already over-burdened South African taxpayers, as well as those who are impoverished and struggling to put food on the table."
"We call on the public broadcaster to find new revenue streams to stay afloat instead of imposing increases to TV licence fees."

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The South African reports that the hike would mean South Africans have to pay a yearly amount of R279 instead of the R265 it costs now.

Briefly.co.za noticed that Mzansi isn't impressed at all by this suggested price increase.

@rhulani1baloyi

No one will pay that nonsense, they must go find the money they squandered and their bias reporting

@gus9mmJHP

For what? No soccer, no rugby, no cricket, for what for what

@NazeemaAbraham2

Hell no I don't even watch SABC we normally watch DSTV and Netflix. In whos pocket is that money gonna land in.

@CrombieDave

Would be interesting to run an ID check on MP's to see who has a TV license.

@Karabocm

For what though? With such poor content?

@MasterChiefZAR

Oh dear... Ok, let's try this again! Ha ha ha ha etc, and so on, and so forth... #gotohell #SABC How's that?

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