Telkom has increased its reward to up to R1-million for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of saboteurs targeting Telkom facilities and its infrastructure around the country.
Telkom states that, since the commencement of the strike by members of the Communication Workers Union (CWU) almost five weeks ago, it has experienced an increase in acts of sabotage on its network, especially in Gauteng, Limpopo and KwaZulu-Natal.
“This has had a dire impact on our customers, whose services have been interrupted,” according to a statement from Telkom. “Over 60 of our Street Distribution Cabinets (SDCs) have been damaged in the past few weeks and fibre and copper cables cut.
“While most of our infrastructure has now been fixed, our technicians are working around the clock to ensure that those that remain not fixed are brought back to stream.”
Telkom has apologised to customers for the inconvenience caused.
“We want to address issues of cable theft, sabotage and damage to our network once and for all,” it states.
“A number of investigations have already been launched into these acts of sabotage, and Telkom expects to be able to announce a number of arrests shortly.”
The company has called on members of the public, as well as employees who have any information or may know the identity of these criminals, to contact the Telkom crime reporting line on 0800 124 000.