Sabc The Ongoing Saga

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SABC - The ongoing saga.

Date: 11th April 2013

I made the trek to London yesterday in order to have the thin sheet of paper, witnessed, stamped and beautifully bound in ribbon,  declaring that I left SA on 10th April 2010 and gave my television to the local Hospice shop.  In fact my friend in Capetown thinks it was actually scrapped.  It was not an expensive set and I'd had it 7 years so it was by modern day thinking almost obsolete.

I chose to travel  to London because I do not want any more repercussions next year when the licence would have become due and wanted the document witnessed,  signed and stamped at the highest level.  It's a very attractive article - shame I have to give it away.

Now I wait to hear back from the SABC as to whether I can scan and email the document or whether I have to entrust it to the post - not the most reliable service in South Africa unfortunately.  In fact the delightful man at the Embassy who has been helping me suggested that I send the document by DHL.  that  would cost £58 and I still would have no guarantee that the document would get to or even be acknowledged by the appropriate department.  He also told me that what I have encountered is not abnormal and he has to deal with several cases like mine every month.  When I took out my television licence, like a law-abiding citizen, I do not remember ever seeing anything anywhere which informed one that should you cease to own the TV/ give it away/scrap it, you had to have a document witnessed by a commissioner for Oaths.  

There is an online forum complaining about the persecution by the SABC of licence holders, some of whom have been dead for many years!!  So how are they going to fill in and have witnessed their sworn affidavits as to no longer owning the wretched thing.

It is interesting that though they have hounded me and sent emails to an old email address, any answers from them have  rarely been forthcoming.

So I wait to hear whether I can scan and  send the document or whether I have to involve myself in yet more expense.

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