SABC TV licences and debt collection: OUTA’s answers to frequently asked questions 

We have been inundated with questions regarding the payment of SABC TV licences. Here is what you need to know about this very contentious issue.


In light of the corruption and maladministration at the SABC, more and more South Africans are contacting us with the same question: should I pay my TV licence, or not?

While we share your concern over the abuse of taxpayers’ hard earned money, paying your SABC TV licence is prescribed by the Broadcasting Act 4 of 1999. However, we are aware that many South Africans are receiving threatening SMS’s with misleading information about what can (and will) be done to them if they don’t pay. Often these SMS’s contain incorrect information and incorrect amounts. Here’s what you need to know about paying your TV licence.

Here’s what you need to know about paying your TV licence (Please click on the questions to show the answers).


Only the debt collection agencies listed below currently possess a mandate to collect debt on behalf of the SABC, as confirmed by the SABC:


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