- The IFP has come forward to call for change when it comes to the extremely high costs of telephone calls and data in South Africa
- The party went on to appeal to Digital Technologies Minster, Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, to take action on the issue
- Ndabeni-Abrahams had previously committed to implementing a new telephone call and data policy directive to Icasa, but delayed the matter at the last minute
The Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) has spoken out against South Africa’s high telephone call and data costs, which the political group are labeling “exorbitant”.
The party has made a public appeal to Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, SA’s Digital Technologies Minister, to address the problem, The Citizen reported.
IFP spokesperson, Zandile Majozi, criticised Ndabeni-Abrahams for delaying the matter.
“Minister Ndabeni-Abrahams told [parliament] that she will speedily issue a policy directive to Icasa [Independent Communications Authority of South Africa] for the licensing of the high demand radio frequency spectrum within seven days,” Majozi said.
Ndabeni-Abrahams agreed to the issuing of a policy directive after the matter was brought up both by SA President, Cyril Ramaphosa, and Minister of Finance, Tito Mboweni, earlier this year.
The policy directive was expected to be issued by April 2019, however, Ndabeni-Abrahams postponed this to after the 2019 elections.
Briefly.co.za gathered that the IFP are getting impatient, as it is now months after the May elections.
The IFP raised that it was 3 months later and “yet we still do not have any definitive answer delaying a process which could open up the industry and ensure that small and medium enterprises benefit”.
Read the IFP’s full statement here:
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