Picture: SUNDAY TIMES
Picture: SUNDAY TIMES

For two years, the SABC has owed SA’s musicians R25.7m in royalty payments‚ a reply to a DA parliamentary question has shown.

"According to the reply‚ two societies representing musicians‚ the South African Music Performance Rights Association, and the Independent Music Performance Rights Association have been owed this amount since 2014, by the SABC’s radio division‚" DA spokesperson on communications Phumzile van Damme said.

She said this flew in the face of Motsoeneng’s "constant pontificating claims" to support SA’s local musicians.

"His 90% local content policy has now been revealed to be nothing more than an attempt to gain the public support of SA’s musicians during his legal woes‚ as it is not backed by a real commitment to provide the financial backing in royalty payments.

"The DA will be following up this matter. We will submit further parliamentary questions to find out when the outstanding monies will be paid to our country’s musicians‚" Van Damme said.

She added that the DA fully supported SA’s musicians and would fight to ensure that the SABC paid back the money.

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