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SIU to Investigate Telkom

January 26, 2022

The Presidency

Telkom South Africa SOC has been referred to the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) for investigation.

The presidency published Proclamation 49 in Government Gazette 45809 in terms of the Special Investigating Units and Special Tribunals Act.

Issues to be investigated include any alleged serious maladministration in connection with the affairs of Telkom; improper or unlawful conduct by employees, officials or agents of Telkom; unlawful appropriation or expenditure of public money or property and intentional or negligent loss of public money or damage to public property.

In particular, the investigation will focus on telegraph services (telex and telegrams); advisory services in respect of Telkom’s broadband and mobile strategy and the sale of iWayAfrica and Africa Online Mauritius and Multi-Links Telecommunications Limited.

Primarily, the period between 1 June 2006 and the date of publication will come under scrutiny.

Meanwhile, in a statement, the presidency announced the release of the final report of the SIU’s investigation into procurement by all spheres of government of goods, works and services associated with the Covid-19 pandemic.

The presidency points out that the report does not include details of ongoing investigations on allegations received by the SIU after the deadline on matters for the final report.

“The SIU expects these matters, which are covered by the proclamation, to be completed between March and April 2022, before the submission of a supplementary report to the President at the end of June 2022.”

In July 2020, president Ramaphosa authorized the SIU to probe any allegations relating to the misuse of Covid-19 funds across all spheres of government.

According to the presidency, R551.5 million is set to be recovered following the investigation.