A court has accepted a 60-year-old man’s attempt to invoke the ancient right to trial by combat, rather than pay a R5000 fine for not paying his TV Licence.
Keith Snyman remained adamant yesterday that his right to fight a champion nominated by the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) was still valid under South African Human rights legislation. He said it would have been a “reasonable” way to settle the matter.
Magistrates sitting at The Pretoria magistrates Court on Friday had accepted his offer to take on a clerk from the SABC with “spears,knives or heavy hammers”.
Unfortunately, the SABC’s health and safety policy restricted them in the process of nominating a champion to fight Mr Snyman and had to concede the case against him. The SABC also had to bare all the costs of the case and pay Mr Snyman compensation for his time spent dealing with the matter.
This news has been going viral because there is now a legal way to avoid paying for the much despised TV Licence in SA. The SABC has been trying to keep this story from going mainstream because it will alert the world that you dont have to pay your TV Licence.