The SA Broadcasting Corporation’s legal woes are piling up as creditors are lining up to cash out what’s owed to them.
Joining the long queue to the vault are international and local musicians through a collecting society – the South African Music Performance Rights Association (Sampra) – which has filed a R64m lawsuit against the public broadcaster over non-payment of royalties owed to musicians.
The organisation filed papers in the South Gauteng High Court on Tuesday demanding that the SABC pays the millions owed or face the wrath of the sheriff.
Sampra spokesperson Tiyani Maluleke told Sunday World on Friday that the SABC allegedly stole from musicians, saying that the public broadcaster has been using music belonging to their members for over 10 years without paying.
“We served them with summons on Wednesday for failing to pay for the licence fees due to us, for our artists,” said Maluleke.
She said their decision to go the legal route came after the two parties could not find each other after numerous meetings.