Vodacom has lost its operating Licence in Lesotho after the Communications Authority wrote to the Telecoms company that it had revoked its, “unified license”.
According to the Lesotho Communications Authority, the decision to invoke Vodacom’s license was taken because Vodacom failed to pay a fine equivalent to R134 million for allegedly breaching legislation governing companies in Lesotho and the conditions of its operating license in the country.
The Communications Authority referenced a section in the Communications Act, “section 47(1)(e) of the Communications Act, 2012 read with conditions 7(c) and 8 of the terms of License for failure to comply with the directive to pay a penalty of M40,200,000 by 7 October 2020”.
The reference in the revocation letter points out that the Communications Authority is allowed to modify, suspend, or revoke a licensee’s license if they are found to have contravened the Communications Act or any regulation, rule, code, or directive issued by the LCA.
However, despite the circumstances surrounding the license issue, Vodacom Lesotho has confirmed that the Telecoms company will challenge this revocation in the High Court of Lesotho.
Vodacom has confirmed that is has lodged an urgent application in the High Court of Lesotho to have reviewed and set aside the decisions of the Lesotho Communications Authority (LCA), imposing a fine for a staggering sum of M134 million for alleged contraventions of section 97 of the Companies Act, 2011 and certain conditions of its unified license.
According to a statement, Vodacom Lesotho is accusing Lesotho Communications Authority of its prescripts and rules and the company’s efforts to find an amicable solution to the dispute has drawn a complete blank.