South Africa: Icasa closes down FS community station

15 November 2018

Regulation & Policy

Icasa spokesperson, Paseka Maleka, on Wednesday told OFM News that the broadcasting rights of Karabo FM have been revoked due to non-compliance with Icasa’s orders.

 

According to Icasa, the station has been embroiled in a series of controversies after it appeared before the Complaints and Compliance Committee (CCC) three times in a period of a year and 6 months.

The station is said to have repeatedly failed to comply with Icasa’s orders handed down in terms of the Independent Communications Act.

He says this followed the orders of the council as approved by the Council of Icasa:“The council of Icasa has decided to revoke the license of Karabo Community Station. The reason is that the station has always been non-complaint because it appeared before the compliance committee three times within the space of just about 18 months. And all the orders given to the station to try and address the issues were not followed by the station,” says Maleka.

Karabo FM has appeared before the Council as a respondent at three public hearings held on 17 March 2017, 24 January and 21 September 2018.

At the public hearing held on 21 September 2018, the Council reached a conclusion that the two community groups who are at loggerheads and representing Karabo FM would never work together to serve the needs and interests of the community.

Icasa says the threats of disruption and violation have become an imminent problem at this community radio station.

Icasa’s Keabetswe Modimoeng say all the interventions by Icasa and the Council to bring stability and ensure compliance within this community radio station have become futile and the station remains non-compliant.

He further says, as a result, the Council is of the view that the station in question has no potential future as a community broadcaster.

Source: OFM