The regulator’s stance is at odds with that of the communications ministry.
Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) chairperson Keabetswe Modimoeng has expressed dismay at the order delivered by the high court this week, but reiterated his confidence in the judiciary.
Part of the “dismay” stemmed from the fact that the order interdicting and restraining Icasa from proceeding with a scheduled auction later in March, was awarded “without reasons”.
History repeats itself
The latest twist in this long-running saga marked a repeat of history because this week’s order went in favour of e.tv and Telkom. In 2016, Telkom approached the courts to challenge Icasa on an impending radio frequency spectrum auction.