Most of the cable thefts is suspected to be done by
Telkom employees.The company has sent a warning to employees implicated
in these thefts. 83 staff members were dismissed during 1996/97 financial
year and a futher 53 dismised in the period under review.
Stifer sentences have been imposed by magistrates.Guilty suspects are
faced with the possibilities of spending several years behind bars
SOME RECENT REPORTS IN :
Calcutta:5 alleged copper thieves were caught with approximately R40
000 worth of copper wires, by a local member of the South African
replacement value of the copper wire is estimated at nearly R100 000.
Rosslyn: 200 m cable had been stolen. The suspected thief was short
after he attacked a Telkom investigations officer with a saw he had
been using to cut the cable.All the stolen copper cable was recovered.
Ladium & Erasmia: 250 m of underground cable in Ladium , disrupting
the services of about 75 customers in the area.Two suspects were arrested
by Telkom's investigations team.