South Africa: ICASA postpones sentencing of its chairperson

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA)’s council has postponed the sentencing of chairman Rubben Mohlaloga for his fraud conviction, reports ITWeb. Mohlaloga, whose appointment as chairperson of the ICASA council came into effect on 1 December 2017, was found guilty of fraud and money laundering by a specialised commercial crimes court in January. He and his co-accused were expected to be sentenced on 4 April in the Specialised Commercial Crimes Court in Pretoria; however, sentencing proceedings were postponed.

Phindi Louw, National Prosecuting Authority Gauteng regional manager, says the case was postponed to 20 April for continuation of arguments in aggravation and mitigation of sentence.The sentence will be passed on 15 May, adds Louw. Mohlaloga, together with former Land Bank CEO Philemon Mohlahlane and other accomplices, conspired and transferred ZAR6 million from the Land Bank to an attorney’s trust account.

According to the Hawks, after the ZAR6 million was received, the funds were distributed and a farm was bought for ZAR2 million, along with an X5 BMW and BMW 118i for Mohlaloga, who was a member of Parliament and chairperson of the Portfolio Committee of Agriculture at the time.