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Stella’s 5G rollout plan raises tempers and questions of constitutionality

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Citizens have been asked to comment on the proposed rollout of 5G infrastructure on private property, without the need for the property owners’ permission or compensation, but an expert says this might have a hard time passing constitutional muster.


28 Jul 2020
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Stella’s 5G rollout plan raises tempers and questions of constitutionality

Minster of Communications and Telecommunications Stella Ndabeni Abrahams during the swearing in of the new Presidential Cabinet at the Presidential Guesthouse in Pretoria, 30 May 2019. Picture: Jacques Nelles

Communications and Digital Technologies Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams’ plans to give telecommunications companies the right to build on private land – without even having to pay in some cases – have raised the ire of property owners around the country. The minister published the proposal with a call for public comments last week. By mid-afternoon Monday, almost 38,000 responses had been received by Dear South Africa – which provides an online platform through which members of the public can make their submissions – alone. One reads: “I do not support the installation on private property. That is an infringement on my...

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