The chair of the council of ICASA, Rubben Mohlaloga, must be removed from his position immediately.
This is according to a resolution adopted by the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Communications.
“Having deliberated on the issue of the chairperson of ICASA, the committee has once more emphasised that he should be removed as a chairperson and also removed as council member of ICASA, as it is in the Act of ICASA that a person who is found guilty cannot hold the position of a councillor,” said chair of the Parliamentary committee, Hlengiwe Mkhize.
Mohlaloga was sentenced to an effective 20-year imprisonment for money laundering and fraud in February.
He was appointed as an ICASA councillor in 2013, despite being accused of defrauding the Land Bank of R6 million at the time. Mohlaloga was arrested and charged in October 2012, and was subsequently released on bail.
The committee allowed Mohlaloga an opportunity to make representations on why he should not be removed, and he indicated that he would be launching an appeal to his conviction.
Despite his intent to appeal, the committee resolved that Mohlaloga should be removed from his post due to seriousness of the crime he has been convicted of.