Here is the form to cancel your SABC TV licence with instructions.

The SABC tells you to pay your TV licence because “it’s the right thing to do” – but thanks to the onerous cancellation process, it’s basically the only option you have. Thousands of South Africans continue to pay the annual fee of R265, simply because trying to cancel it is a nightmare process.

The SABC website says that “when one has sold or otherwise disposed of one’s television set(s) a TV licence is no longer required”.

To cancel a licence however, the SABC must be notified on a “prescribed form” (affidavit) of the circumstances around why you no longer need it – and it certainly won’t cancel it if there is still money outstanding on an account.”

Unfortunately, the matter is not as simple as the SABC states.

According to many who have tried to cancel their TV licences, the “prescribed form” simply does not exist.

BusinessTech contacted the SABC to get the prescribed affidavit but, a week later, still has not received any response.

Any requests to get the form from the SABC at the time of writing got no response, reflecting similar reports from South Africans saying that their requests were ignored.

Another way to get out of a TV licence is to render your TV incapable of receiving a signal.

However, this needs to be done by certified professionals, and needs to be checked by an SABC inspector – who charges R300.

The pain doesn’t end there – as you will have to send proof to the SABC every year that your TV still cannot receive a signal. If an inspector comes to check, you pay an additional R300.

Another option is to simply ignore it – however this carries its own consequences:

Failure to pay your TV licence means your account will incur a penalty of 10% per month to a maximum of 100% per annum – a process which does not prescribe, as a licence will not automatically cancel.

Fees and penalties will stack up – and any attempt to purchase a TV, or even cancel the licence in the future will be blocked.

If the matter ever goes to court, under the Broadcast Act you face a R500 fine on top of everything you owe, six months in prison – or both.

To cancel your TV Licence, this is the elusive form you need (Click to enlarge and print):

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Along with the form, you also need to provide the following details:

  • The date from which you’re no longer using or are in possession of any TV set
  • An explanation of what happened to the TV set that was in your possession:
    • If you sold or donated your TV, you need to provide the new owner’s details (surname, initials, ID number and address) as well as their TV Licence number if applicable.
    • If your TV was stolen, you need to provide the case number under which the crime was reported to the police.
    • If your TV was repossessed, you need the store manager’s signature or store stamp on the affidavit.
  • You also need to confirm (via the affidavit) that you have no other TV sets

These need to be completed and sent to as a cancellation request.

The SABC said that it reserves the right to dispatch inspectors to check whether you still have a TV or not. On its website, it says that inspector fees are R300 per visit.

Should a TV be found in your possession after the processing of your cancellation, you will be liable for the payment of TV Licence fees as well as penalties.

If the matter ever goes to court, under the Broadcast Act you face a R500 fine on top of everything you owe, six months in prison – or both.

Of course, even if you manage to “cancel” your licence, it may not work out for you.

Many people report cancelling their licence, only to be left with a stack of bills and penalties under their name after a few years.

This points to an administrative issue – something which auditors confirmed in the SABC 2014/15 report, where it was stated that management did not have the procedures and policies in place to effectively account for TV licences in the country.

In the 2014/15 financial year, the SABC collected just under R1 billion in TV licence fees (R913.4 million). The group said that this was below expectations due to the Post Office strike which impacted the delivery of statements.

However, auditors noted that the TV licence segment received an unqualified audit, as the SABC could not account for all the purported fees.

The group applied for a tax deduction on unpaid fees labelled as “doubtful as to its recover-ability” – which was pegged at R982.5 million – another total the auditors simply could not find enough evidence of to confirm.

(Thanks to Louis Botes for the information)

See also: SABC hijacked – no longer public broadcaster, now serving the ANC not 12 nations


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  • A Guy

    The person in question you will be directed is: Monya Boucher – – +27 11 330 9468 there is also a different form for emigration. The other person in question does not action on any email. Rudy Swartz – +27
    1 330 9404

  • Owen

    I canceled my tv licence while de klerk was busy selling the country out.
    I have never heard from sabc ever again, so glad I did so.