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TV LICENCE CONSORTIUM ROPES IN 26 COPS, 10 PROSECUTORS

By Majaha Nkonyane | 2018-02-21

THE TV Licence Consortium is tightening its screws as it has since roped in 26 police officers from different regions and 10 prosecutors from the Directorate of Public Prosecutions office to assist in the collection of TV licences.

This new development was disclosed by TV Licence Project Manager Modicai Donga.

“The task team’s role is to enforce the Swaziland Television Authority Act. The consortium, in partnering with the law enforcers, views this as a step of progress in ensuring that television owners and businesses dealing in television sets adhere to the Act,” he said.

Donga also mentioned that the consortium will continue to conduct inspections of both residential and business premises to verify whether a person in possession of a television set has a valid television licence.

Urged

“The nation is urged to take this opportunity and pay for their television licences before law enforcement agents arrest and arraign individuals and businesses to court,” he said, citing Section 22 of the Act which states that ‘no person shall be in possession of a television receiver or video cassette recorder capable of receiving or recording television broadcasts unless he/she is in possession of a current television viewers’ certificate or licence issued in accordance with the Act’. 

Adding, Donga said: “We are convinced at this juncture that everyone knows that they have an obligation to pay for their television licence considering also that this Act dates back to 1983. We would like to thank those who have come forward to pay for their television licences.

“We announce today that those who have failed, ignored and/ or refused to pay for their television licence are clearly flagrantly disregarding the law. The consortium is now entering into a phase of enforcing the law,” he said.

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