The National Assembly has resolved to fire the chair of the Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa)‚ Rubben Mohlaloga‚ following a fraud conviction. The communications committee took the decision on Tuesday after it was requested to institute removal proceedings against Mohlaloga‚ a former ANC MP‚ by speaker Baleka Mbete in February following a fraud conviction against him in the Pretoria Commercial Crimes Court in January. Mohlaloga and five others were accused of defrauding the Land Bank to the tune of R6m when he was chair of Parliament’s portfolio committee on agriculture. The Icasa Act prohibits anyone convicted of fraud from serving as one of its councillors. Fatima Ebrahim‚ a parliamentary legal adviser‚ told MPs that in his representations to the committee‚ Mahlaloga had argued against his removal from office saying he would appeal his conviction and sentence‚ which are due to be handed down on April 3. Ebrahim also stated that Mohlaloga‚ who has previously served...

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