The Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) has condemned the looting and burning of buildings in aspects of the nation.
The authority stated it had got reports of vandalism of communications infrastructure, including 113 network towers. The assaults maintain resulted in the disruption of communication companies, closure of some neighborhood radio stations and vandalism of network facilities.
“We name on the communities to abet in guarding and protecting this severe infrastructure, and to exercise the very best possible ranges of patriotism in this regard. Any disruption of communication companies could well existing disastrous and consequence in increased mortality as emergency calls will seemingly be instantly affected,” stated Icasa chairperson Keabetswe Modimoeng.
He stated the organisation had written to the National Joints Operations and Intelligence Companies and products (Natjoints) to prioritise the safeguarding and protection of severe telecommunications infrastructure.
Community radio stations the set instruments become once reported to had been damaged or looted included Alex FM, Ntokozo FM, Mams FM and Westside FM.
“Such wanton destruction of the broadcasting infrastructure and facilities represents an instantaneous attack on the constitutional engaging of individuals and communities to entry news and information that is apt, independent and up-to-date in regards to the brand new crisis.
“The authority accordingly condemns such criminal behaviour in the strongest of phrases,” stated Icasa.