Telkom is offering a reward of R500 000 for any information that could lead to the arrest of the people who sabotaged its business operations amid a strike by employees affiliated to the Communications Workers’ Union (CWU).
Telkom this week secured an urgent court interdict against the CWU. Telkom spokesperson Jacqui O’Sullivan said a number of facilities throughout the country were targeted on Wednesday in a series of acts of sabotage.
“Facilities in Midrand, Pretoria West, Silverton, Durban, Pinetown, Pietermaritzburg, Makhado and Musina were sabotaged,” she said.
“This is not vandalism,’’ she said, adding: “The criminals who damaged our property knew what they were doing and cables have been cut to cause maximum damage.”
Entire street distribution boxes were ripped apart and in a few instances set on fire. She said at some sites specialist equipment was required to access the fibre cables and the criminals were clearly using equipment that is not commonly available.
“The SA Police Service, with support from additional investigators and Telkom’s own forensics team, are currently pursuing a number of good leads to identify these saboteurs,” O’Sullivan said.
Telkom Group chief executive officer Sipho Maseko said the R500 000 reward is available to any person – either within Telkom or a member of the public – with pertinent information. Anyone with information is advised to contact Telkom’s crime reporting line which is 0800-124- 000.
CWU general secretary Aubrey Tshabalala was not immediately available for comment at the time of going to press yesterday. The labour force is demanding an 11% wage increase, six months’ paid maternity leave and more effective transformation policies within Telkom.