The ANC wants taxpayers fund the SABC through a “household levy” which every home in South Africa would be forced to pay, reports the Sunday Times.
The ANC’s national executive committee (NEC) included this in its draft resolutions from a meeting which took place this past week.
The proposal reportedly claims that the government should introduce a special levy to be paid by every South African household – regardless of how they consume content.
“Every household is assumed to have a television. It does not matter whether you watch it or not,” said NEC chair Nkenke Kekana.
He reportedly argued that the levy would not be a lot of money for each household, but would be a significant overall collection for the SABC.
This idea will be discussed further in an NEC meeting to take place next month, and if it is agreed upon, would be taken to the ANC’s national general council (NGC) in May – where it would become government policy if accepted.
The levy would reportedly use a similar model to current indirect taxes like the fuel levy – which funds the Road Accident Fund (RAF) – and electricity tariffs used to help Eskom.