The SABC has again called on Parliament to scrap the TV licence fees system and replace it with a levy.

Philly Moilwa, SABC general manager of regulatory affairs, last week told Parliament that a device-independent, tech-neutral public media levy for public broadcasting, which would levy all households, commercial enterprises, organisations and institutions, was more likely to make everyone pay.

Addressing Parliament's Select Committee on Public Enterprises & Communications, Moilwa said the levy would be 'linked to the public's ability to access public broadcasting content rather than on the consumption of that content', News24 reports.

Moilwa said that it's not about what device you are using to access TV content ‘because that is going to make life very difficult for anyone to be made accountable in terms of paying SABC TV licence fees. We are saying let us adopt a public media levy that is going to make everyone able to pay’.

The SABC and Minister of Communications & Digital technologies Khumbudzo Ntshavheni again touched on the SABC's application, made months ago, for a TV licence amnesty to help eliminate a mountain of licence fee debt the broadcaster has no hope to recover.

‘We have supported the SABC in their request for an amnesty on TV licence issues. We are awaiting the concurrence of the National Treasury to take the matter to Cabinet to make sure there is an amnesty on SABC TV licences,’ Ntshavheni told the committee.

In 2017, the SABC wrote off R17.7bn in outstanding TV licence fees. Yet the public broadcaster is owed billions more in due SABC TV licence fees that pile up year after year.

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