TV licences: premier promises to pay R2,37?mln owed by KZN departments

2011-09-10 00:00

THE premier’s office has assured public broadcaster SABC that it will swiftly settle the KwaZulu-Natal’s government departments’ TV licence debt.

The SABC reported to the legislature on Thursday that the KZN government owes it R2,37 million in unpaid TV licence fees. Premier Zweli Mkhize’s spokesperson, Ndabezinhle Sibiya, said the premier takes the matter seriously.

“We want to assure the SABC that it will be paid as soon as possible. It is regrettable that we as government still have such issues. The task team that has been appointed to look into the late payment debacle will … give us feedback,” he said.

The worst offender is the Education Department, which owes R1,3 million. No comment could be obtained from the department yesterday.

SABC spokesperson Kaizer Kganyako pointed out that departments are charged for every TV set they own, so Education is liable to pay for every TV set in every public school.

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