BULAWAYO- Multichoice is coming down hard on bogus DStv agents facilitating the running of South African DStv accounts by Zimbabweans.
A number of fake agents are promoting the illegal provision of South African accounts to users in Zimbabwe, especially those in Bulawayo who enjoy SABC channels.
But these agents and their customers will soon run out of luck as they are infringing international copyright laws, something which MultiChoice wants to fight in Southern Africa. The pay media company, which offers the DStv services across Africa, has embarked on a programme where a crew will be dispatched to swoop on the bogus operators.
“The visits to bogus operators result from visible offers made by these operators to give Zimbabweans South African DStv accounts, which makes their actions illegal and could result in criminal actions against both
the service providers and their customers. “In terms of international copyright laws, MultiChoice South Africa can only provide its services to people resident in South Africa due to channels being authorised for reception in South Africa only,” read part of a statement issued by MultiChoice.
“All operators providing DStv connections and support services in Zimbabwe are bound by the law to ensure that DStv services in Zimbabwe are those that are legitimately provided for this country, and they may
not connect Zimbabweans to DStv services in South Africa.” As a result, MultiChoice Zimbabwe is urging members of the public to ensure they determine the legal status of service providers before
dealing with them.