THE SABC says it can neither deny nor confirm reports that the broadcaster is owed millions by five metro municipalities.
SABC spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago said this after the eThekwini municipality complained about a report that it also owed the public broadcaster millions for unpaid advertising and other services.
The report said the eThekwini metro owed the SABC R5million, of which R1,151966 was due within 120 days.
Kganyago said he could not comment on whether the municipality was in arrears or not but said they had nothing to do with the report. He said their contracts with stakeholders contained certain terms so they dealt with them directly.
"We are not in a position to comment on a matter we did not raise. We deal with our stakeholders directly. If people owe us money we contact the relevant party," Kganyago said.
eThekwini municipality deputy head of communications Mandla Nsele said their account with the SABC was up-to-date.
Nsele said the report was damaging to the municipality and hoped it would not hamper their working relationship with the SABC.
Account payments for the municipality are made in accordance with the municipality's supply chain management policy, which stipulates that payments be made no later than 30 days after receipt of an invoice."
Nsele said the municipality would welcome a "retraction of the report" because they were not given a chance to clarify the matter.