James Majatame of Takawira Law Chambers has approached the High Court seeking an order compelling Skynet Private Limited (Multichoice Zimbabwe) to accept bank card swipe, bank transfers, EcoCash and bond notes for DSTV subscriptions. In his application, Majatame argues that the refusal by DSTV to accept bond notes is in violation of Statutory Instrument 133 of 2016 and the principal Act, the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe Amendment Act (2016).
Section 44B(2) of the said SI 133 of 2016, provides that bond notes and coins are exchangeable at par value with any specified currency other than Zimbabwean currency prescribed as legal tender for the purposes of Section 44A. Clearly the refusal by the Respondent to accept my payment for its services in bond notes or coins, is not only illegal, but it is a massive slap in the face for the Government and lawmakers.
Being a DSTV customer himself, Majatame said that when he visited a branch he was told they were not accepting any subscriptions through swipe, bank transfer, bond notes and coins but only US dollars.
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