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Jenni Raath’s letter headlined “Withhold TV licence fees – it’s the bright thing to do” (The Star, June 7) strikes a cord.
Arguing that she has had enough of re-runs, Jenni calls on South Africans to stand together – as they did when opposing e-tolling – and not pay the SABC until, presumably, the public broadcaster drastically reduces the number of programme re-runs.
But by saying, “my fellow South Africans who cannot afford DStv are just too apathetic to protest…” she alleges that DStv doesn’t rerun shows. Hoo boy! Is she wrong!
I do not watch movies, but I’m a documentary junkie and I can tell Jenni that I have seen so many DStv documentaries so often that I feel I am eligible and should therefore apply for a job as a prompt.
I know who sank the Bismarck; I know they’re still hunting to find the giant squid where it belongs, in the sea, not on a New Zealand beach; I agree, Al Capone was a very bad man, and should have been stuck away before he died of syphilis; I know the investigators who arrested the terrorist responsible for planting the bomb on the plane that crashed in Lockerbie managed to arrest him because they tracked down where he got its components; and I don’t have to be told again about how the bouncing bomb that caused havoc to the dams in Germany’s industrial area during World War II was developed.
For this I pay R590 a month. Maybe DStv subscribers should follow Jenni’s advice and stop paying their subscriptions until the company starts to broadcast entertaining doccies, or tie all MultiChoice senior personnel down and force them to watch its broadcasts for a long time.
Highlands North, Joburg