Icasa chairperson sentenced to 20 years in prison

Icasa chairperson Rubben Mohlaloga sentenced to two decades in prison for fraud and money laundering.

Independent Communications Authority of SA chairperson Rubben Mohlaloga, former acting head of the Land Bank Philemon Mohlahlane and attorney Dinga Rammy Nkwashu were sentenced on Thursday at the Pretoria Specialised Commercial Crimes Court.

Mohlaloga was sentenced to 20 years in prison after being found guilty of fraud and money laundering. He was granted R70 000 bail. Mohlahlane was sentenced to seven years, with R30 000 bail fee and Nkwashu was sentenced to 24 years, with bail of R100 000. 

Mohlaloga and his co-accused defrauded the Land Bank of about R6 million when he was the chairperson of Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Agriculture. They transferred the money from the Land Bank to an attorney’s trust account. 

Mohlaloga has served as acting chairperson of the Icasa board since 2016 and was permanently appointed in December 2017. He is a former deputy president of the ANC Youth League and served as an ANC MP.

"An application for leave to appeal against the sentencing was granted for all three," NPA regional spokesperson Phindi Mjonondwane said.