The SABC Car Radio Licence statement circling the internet at the moment is fake. This afternoon, a so-called “Media Statement” appeared online which claimed the SABC would introduce Car Radio Licences to motorists. The licence would cost them R401 annually and is required by all vehicle owners.
Of course, it doesn’t take a scientist to see how fake the statement is. Right from the start, the statement explains that SABC is introducing the licence to generate revenue. This isn’t something the entity would state publically in the first place.
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The next big giveaway is the comment regarding the “dramatic decline in TV licence renewals due to streaming services”. Again, I highly doubt the SABC is going to admit that its current business is falling apart due to the boom of streaming platforms in SA. We know that its current situation also stems from the mismanagement of funds like most other state-owned entities in South Africa.
The statement also mentions that the SABC had to look “at new revenues streams” which again, isn’t something they would ever admit.
I won’t even mention the Section 69…..
Obviously, this fake statement was put together as some kind of joke. However, it has turned out to be quite a bad one. Many users on Twitter and Facebook have been sharing the statement in full belief that the SABC Car Licence is indeed real.
The SABC has since issued a statement regarding the fake news. It posted a tweet confirming the circulated media statement was false and that users should not share it.
The SABC would like to alert the public of a fake media statement which is circulating on various social media platforms titled “INTRODUCTION OF RADIO LICENCES AS PART SABC’S DRIVE TO GENERATE REVENUE”. pic.twitter.com/MrFJ5Y3OMS
— SABC (@SABCPortal) May 8, 2023