Crime and extortion are rife in South Africa's fibre market

Jamie McKane

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Crime and extortion are rife in South Africa's fibre market

Crime, corruption and extortion are hampering fibre network rollouts in South Africa, with poor communities being hit the hardest.

The is the word from South African fibre network operators, who told MyBroadband they continue to suffer at the hands of gangs and crime syndicates.
 

ubercal

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hmm .. could this be the reason why ive been waiting for more then 1.5 years for fiber :unsure:
 

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Well, two exists I suppose. Either, the police needs to escort these guys to allow them to safely complete their work, or the communities need to rid themselves of these scum.

I feel option b will probably be most viable, and possibly the fibre operators need to go on a campaign highlighting to these communities what's happening.
 

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I'm not politically affiliated but do you care to elaborate how the story and your comment relate?
What we see today is a direct outflow of the ANC's policies of the 1970's and 80's. Lawless as encouraged. The ANC funded itself with heavily armed thugs robbing C in T vans, robbing banks. This is still going on today with the army supplying the arms and explosives. Non payment for electricity and power. Disrespect for the law does not end when a government changes. Speak to the guys installing in your area when next you see them and they will tell you that they are robbed of everything even their cell phones because they have been told it is ok.
ANC coundellors are like warlords in KZN, protecting their fiefdoms, controlling everything for a fee. If you can speak to someone who was in M&R or one of the big construction firms before they were sold off at a pittance.; Ask and they will tell you that terrorism was used to control kickbacks on every job. Their workers are threatened. If your boss does not pay the bribe you die. make the choice. You live in a state that is terror controlled.
 

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I'm not politically affiliated but do you care to elaborate how the story and your comment relate?
The ANC sets the example for crime in South Africa and mandated it during their creation - any crime that happens (especially on a gang and syndicate level) is a direct result of the ANC.
 

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The only surefire tactic that will work is fighting fire with fire.

A PAGAD type force to go in and wipe all the fukkers out. Haven't heard much from those clowns since they burnt that gangster dude years ago. Sometimes vigilantes get the job done. Or get the army to provoke them, army does it's army stuff and life goes on.

Or...just nuke it all. Accept the collateral damage and...life goes on.
 

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Tip of the iceberg unfortunately

Taxi cartels blockading worker transport unless the organization receives a monthly fee - They'll actively road-block and throw away keys,and they come very armed
Kickbacks for the Wayleaves - and not onceoff either
Negotiations with "Community unions" to have a percentage of locals working in the teams,skilled or no,and moneys for said recruitment
Equipment hire from local companies being forced

Some areas it can get pretty bad when 2 opposing "unions" come to claim their pound of flesh,and end up fighting

Margins are way too tight to afford private security extra,cops won't do anything often as the cartels hire them to enforce
 

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Tip of the iceberg unfortunately

Taxi cartels blockading worker transport unless the organization receives a monthly fee - They'll actively road-block and throw away keys,and they come very armed
Kickbacks for the Wayleaves - and not onceoff either
Negotiations with "Community unions" to have a percentage of locals working in the teams,skilled or no,and moneys for said recruitment
Equipment hire from local companies being forced

Some areas it can get pretty bad when 2 opposing "unions" come to claim their pound of flesh,and end up fighting

Margins are way too tight to afford private security extra,cops won't do anything often as the cartels hire them to enforce
Thank you for actually providing more insight than the stupid article :thumbsup:
 

sSomeGuy

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Or as a good joke. The fibre companies thought of a nice way to uninstall stuff. Keep you from service. Increase price, with their justification being to reinstall it. Just joking, right?
 

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So business as usual? It’s funny to me that people expect anything less.. business has a history of monopoly tactics.. you really think, like fraud & corruption, it doesn’t become the modis operandi here.
 
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