The Council of the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has appointed Dr Keabetswe Modimoeng as acting chairperson effective from 25 March 2019 until a permanent chairperson is appointed. The appointment follows the dismissal on 20 March of Rubben Mohlologa by the Communications Portfolio Committee after he was found guilty of fraud and money laundering.
The appointment of the acting chairperson follows a special council meeting held on 25 March 2019 and is informed by the provisions of section 5(2) of the ICASA Act, 2000 which provides that “in the absence of the chairperson, the remaining councillors must, from their number, elect an acting chairperson, who, while he or she acts, may perform all the functions of the chairperson.”
Mohlaloga was convicted in the specialised commercial crimes court in January this year after he defrauded the Land Bank of about R6-million in 2008 and acted with at least three other accomplices to transfer the money from the bank to an attorney’s trust account. He is expected to be sentenced on 3 April.The ICASA Act prohibits anyone who has been convicted of “theft, fraud, forgery or uttering a forged document, perjury, an offence in terms of the Corruption Act or any other offence involving dishonesty” from serving on regulator’s decision-making council.
In accepting the acting appointment, Dr Keabetswe Modimoeng committed to ensure that ICASA continues to execute its mandate independently and in the public interest. Commenting on his appointment he said: “We are governed by legislation and guided by the public interest mandate and for that we will continue to put the South African public first when taking decisions. We will continue to work closely with all key stakeholders to ensure that the authority’s regulatory decisions advance transformation in the ICT sector, support economic growth and unlock opportunities presented by the Fourth Industrial Revolution and the digital economy”.
Dr Modimoeng is a Harvard University (Kennedy School) Senior Executive Fellow, and holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Management Sciences specialising in business administration from Durban University of Technology. He holds a National Diploma in Public Relations Management from Tshwane University of Technology, Certificate in Applied Project Management from Milpark Business School (Cum Laude) and a Master of Business Administration degree from Regent Business School (Best Dissertation Award).
He previously served as a Board member at the Windybrow Theatre (Ministerial appointee), and the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering Science at the University of Johannesburg (Industry Advisory board). He currently serves on the Board of the South African Weather Service (Ministerial appointee).
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