The Independent Communications Authority (Icasa) has reportedly demanded that the department of communications start releasing R450m in funding by 11am on Monday or face legal action, amid an apparent battle over Icasa's handling of licensing high-demand spectrum. City Press reported on Sunday that Icasa is in conflict with minister of communications Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, saying the independent regulator sent a letter to her office on Friday demanding the approval of its annual performance plan. This approval is needed for the regulator to receive tranches of its R450m annual budget, with Icasa maintaining Ndabeni-Abrahams is overreaching by demanding it scrap elements of the plan referring to 5G telecoms networks.

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