South Africa removes broadcast regulator chair after conviction

Cyril 1The committee recommended that Rubben Mohlaloga be removed as chairperson of Icasa. (Image source: GovernmentZA/Flickr)South Africa's parliament said its committee on communications recommended suspending Rubben Mohlaloga, chairperson of Independent Communications Authority of South Africa or Icasa

The committee's recommendation comes after Mohlaloga was convicted of fraud and money laundering by the Pretoria Specialised Commercial Crime Court.

Icasa is the body which regulates South Africa's telecom and broadcasting sectors.

According to the Icasa Act, which lays down rules for the functioning of the body, a convicted person cannot serve as a councillor.

Following a judgement in January which convicted Mohlaloga, the committee recommended to the National Assembly that the minister of communications remove him from office.

However, the National Assembly referred the matter back to the committee after an intention to appeal the recommendation.

Cyril Ramaphosa, who succeeded Jacob Zuma as president has promised to tackle corruption and turnaround poorly run state-owned companies.

Ramaphosa appointed former finance minister and investor favourite Pravin Gordhan as minister of public enterprises and has taken steps to improve transparency in the functioning of government bodies.

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