South Africa's Investigating Unit wants clarity on state institution after losing court case

July 25, 2023
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  • South Africa's investigating unit wants clarity on Telkom-Ramphosa case
  • FCCPC to impose up to ₦‎10 million fines on PoS operators
  • TikTok introduces text posts

South Africa's investigating unit wants clarity on Telkom-Ramphosa case

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Remember this? Telkom wins court case against South African President

Well, the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) is now considering its legal options in light of the Pretoria High Court's decision invalidating its ability to probe Telkom's affairs.

The unit states the court found Telkom is not a “state institution” and could not investigate its affairs. Now it needs clarification on what that judgment means.

Why? The unit says clarifying what constitutes a state institution is crucial and will strengthen its efforts to root out corruption and poor management in the operation of all state institutions.

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“In terms of the Special Investigating Units and Special Tribunals Act 74 0f 1996, the SIU is empowered to investigate allegations of corruption and maladministration in the affairs of state institutions like government departments, municipalities and state-owned entities; to recover financial losses suffered by the state and prevent further losses,” the unit says.

It also contends that there are grounds for an appeal and that a higher court should decide on and resolve the matter of the state institution. If this is not made clear, it could set an unfavourable precedent where some public institutions might unintentionally be exempt from the SIU's investigation.

Last week, Telkom triumphed in its legal battle with President Cyril Ramaphosa over his order authorising the SIU to investigate any possible wrongdoing in the telco's assets’ sales.

FCCPC to impose up to ₦‎10 million fines on PoS  operators

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The Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) has threatened to impose fines of up to ₦‎10 million on Point of Sale operators who disobey its order regarding the proposed increase in PoS charges.

The FCCPC states that each PoS operator is free to raise prices as they see fit to generate a profit from their business.

It claims, however, that the Association of Mobile Money and Bank Agents in Nigeria (AMMBAN) is not permitted by law to set prices for its members.

In June 2023, the AMMBAN, Lagos Chapter, released a revised PoS price list, stating that the increase reflects the current economic climate in the country.

Early in July, the FCCPC warned AMMBAN, its members, and PoS operators, urging them not to engage in price-fixing or change the costs of their services.

The association began implementing its new prices on July 17, 2023, despite getting kickbacks from several stakeholders.

So, the Commission says PoS operators disobeying its order could pay fines of up to ₦10,000,000 for corporate entities and up to ₦1,000,000 and/or a three-month prison sentence for individuals.

Additionally, despite the Commission's preference to avoid interfering with small businesses' operations, Babatunde Irukera, CEO of the FCCPC, asserts that the Commission will — if necessary — deny merchant services and privileges to PoS operators or AMMBAN members who persist in behaviour that is incompatible with the law and economic efficiency.

TikTok introduces text posts


TikTok is introducing text posts to compete with Twitter — now X — and Threads.

The social media platform says the new content option will give creators another means of self-expression by enabling them to share their stories, poems, lyrics, and other written content.

TikTok began as a platform for short-form video but later added image support to compete with Instagram.

How do you use the new feature? You can select from three options on the Camera page of the app: photo, video, and text to post on TikTok. When you choose the text option, a page where you can enter the text for your post will be displayed.

Then you can edit your text by including sounds, tagging a location, turning on comments, and activating Duets. Along with tags and hashtags, you can add stickers to text posts.

Several background colours are also available for selection. You can save your drafts and keep them with other unpublished posts for later editing, just like with video or photo posts, or you can delete them entirely.

TikTok's decision to include text posts at this time is not surprising. Remember when Threads launched? Meta's microblogging platform also took advantage of Twitter's questionable decisions and limitations on non-paying users.

TikTok most likely wants to give users another option for posting text-based content. However, the appearance of text posts on the app may discourage people from using them in the same way they use Twitter.

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Have a lovely Tuesday!

Victoria Fakiya for Techpoint Africa.

She's autistic and interested in mental health and how technology can help Africans with mental disorders. Find her on Twitter @latoria_ria.
She's autistic and interested in mental health and how technology can help Africans with mental disorders. Find her on Twitter @latoria_ria.
She's autistic and interested in mental health and how technology can help Africans with mental disorders. Find her on Twitter @latoria_ria.

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