The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) is warning retailers that all communications devices they sell need to be approved.
This follows a raid by Icasa at China Mall on Wednesday, where several communications devices were confiscated from businesses, because they did not meet regulation.
The items confiscated by Icasa include cellphones‚ drones‚ computer mouses‚ microphones‚ and signal jammers.
Stephen Grootes spoke to Icasa spokesperson Paseka Maleka to find out how widespread the issue of communications devices being sold illegally in the country is.
Maleka explains why some of the devices are illegal and should not be in the possession of retailers.
Signal jammers for instance can only be used by the security cluster, not any other person on the street.— Paseka Maleka, spokesperson for Icasa
What we did with the one's we confiscated, we put it at the police station, we are going to keep them for some time in case anyone wants to take us to court.— Paseka Maleka, spokesperson for Icasa
He says it is not difficult to have cellphones approved.
We advise them to go to the South African Bureau of Standards to get a certificate of compliance, once they have received that they come to Icasa, fill in a form, give us the details about all the products they are bringing into the country and then we are able to issue the type of stickers they need for the devices to be distributed.— Paseka Maleka, spokesperson for Icasa
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