Telkom sabotage: SDCs torn apart, MSANs damaged, fibre cables cut

Telkom CEO Sipho Maseko has thanked committed employees who helped to limit the impact of a prolonged strike at the company.

The Communication Workers Union (CWU) strike at the company has been underway for five weeks.

“Parts of our business, some customers, striking and non-striking employees, are all affected,” said Maseko.

He said the CWU blocking access to Telkom facilities around the country coincided with a surge of network sabotage.

“We have seen SDCs torn apart, MSANs damaged, fibre cables cut, and equipment destroyed.”

“Loyal and committed Telkom teams have been working around the clock and in sometimes difficult conditions to restore services to our customers as quickly as possible.”

He said Telkom will not tolerate intimidation, threats, and damage to Telkom property.

“If you are being made to feel unsafe as a result of this strike or are aware of any acts of destruction, sabotage, or vandalism on Telkom properties, you must please report it.”

Contempt of court actions have been taken against employees who broke the law by ignoring Telkom’s interdict of 15 August.

“I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to each one of you for your commitment and focus,” Maseko said to non-striking workers.

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