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telkom thumb100 BL Premium reports that from July 2017 to December 2023 more than 3,000 suspects were arrested in cases involving the vandalism and damage of Telkom’s vast infrastructure.

The group has been facing mounting costs related to theft of cable and backup batteries, as well as the overall vandalism of network sites, cellphone towers and related property. Over the above time period, a total of 3,003 suspects were apprehended and cases were opened against 2,549 individuals. Telkom worked with “key role players inside and outside Telkom to monitor these cases, supporting the National Prosecuting Authority with every case, our team of investigators attend every court appearance of accused, also testifying and providing evidence as required”, the group indicated on Monday. According to Telkom, this work was helping to turn the tide against infrastructure vandalism, while “the community has also played a significant role through tip-offs to police and Telkom reporting hotlines”. The courts appear to have taken a hard line against such crimes, dishing out heavy sentences to perpetrators. In one such case in 2023 in the Western Cape, a syndicate group was taken down through joint efforts by the police, Telkom and the community. The legal proceedings resulted in the conviction of all five accused syndicate members who were sentenced to terms ranging from 18 to 83 years’ imprisonment.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Mudiwa Gavaza at BusinessLive (subscriber access only)

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