DA asks ICASA to probe SONA signal jamming

FEBRUARY 16, 2015

The Democratic Alliance (DA)  has asked the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) to probe the signal jamming that happened in the National Assembly ahead of President Jacob Zuma's the State of the Nation Address last Thursday.
DA MP Gavin Davis said in a statement that it was an orchestrated strategy to prevent the public from following proceedings and the media from reporting on them.

"The jamming of the cellular signal on Thursday was an unprecedented contravention of media freedom," added Davis.

"All indications are that the jamming of the signal was illegal."

Davis claimed the presidency had denied knowledge of who was behind the signal jam.

"Several sources, however, claim that the signal was restored on the instruction of Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa," said Davis.
National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete promised Parliament would probe the matter.

Davis, however, has called for an independent probe.

He said ICASA was obliged, in terms of section 30(4) of the Electronic Communications Act, to "investigate and resolve all instances of harmful interference to licensed services that are reported to it".
"It is therefore incumbent on ICASA to find out who jammed the signal, for what purpose and under whose orders."