One of South Africa’s wireline and wireless telecommunications provider, Telkom announced that it is offering the sum of R500,000 as reward to anyone who provides information about the sabotage of its facilities.
This announcement came after its facilities were “targeted in a series of acts of sabotage” in Midrand, Silverton, Pretoria West, Pinetown, Durban, Pietermaritzburg, Makhado and Messina.
“This is not vandalism, the criminals who damaged our property knew what they were doing. Cables have been cut to cause maximum damage. Entire street distribution cabinets, which are located in neighborhoods to serve multiple streets at a time, have been ripped apart and in a few instances yesterday, set on fire,” elkom’s group executive for communication Jacqui O’Sullivan, T said in a press statement
The company explained that specialist equipment carted away by criminals was needed to access the fibre cables. It also said the company was working with the SAPS to pursue “a number of good leads” relating to the acts.
O’Sullivan however, apologized to customers who are inconvenienced by this senseless sabotage. He said Telkom is at its best to repair the damage as quickly as possible and that the reward is available to the company’s employees and members of the public who have relevant information
Individuals with valid information on the sabotage can claim the reward by dialing 0800 124 000.
Telkom company has suggested that union members are the chief culprits.
“On Monday, members of the Communication Workers Union (CWU) blockaded access to Telkom offices and facilities. Employees were barred from entering the Telkom campus in Centurion and were intimidated and threatened,” the company explained.
“Telkom secured an urgent interim order to interdict the union from illegal activities such as blockading entrances to facilities and offices and intimidating staff. The interdict also instructed that CWU members who are participating in the strike, must do so 50m away from Telkom premises. The union is demanding an 11 percent increase for all bargaining unit employees,” Telkom added.