Telkom awaits further clarity on Ramaphosa-sanctioned SIU probe

Following President Ramaphosa instructing the SIU to investigate wide-ranging maladministration and possible employee misconduct at the telco dating back as far as 15 years.

Cyrilramaphosa, Moneyweb

2022-01-26 06:30:00 PM

Communications company TelkomZA says it needs further clarity on the scope of the SIU investigation into possible maladministration and employee misconduct at the telecoms company, which was authorised by President CyrilRamaphosa Moneyweb BusinessNews

Following President Ramaphosa instructing the SIU to investigate wide-ranging maladministration and possible employee misconduct at the telco dating back as far as 15 years.

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Africa’s largest integrated communications company Telkom says it needs further clarity on the scope of the Special Investigating Unit’s (SIU) investigation into possible maladministration and employee misconduct at the telecoms company, which was authorised by President Cyril Ramaphosa via a Government Gazette on Tuesday. In a Sens statement released on Wednesday, the telecoms group said it has noted the president’s directives to the SIU to investigate various Telkom dealings, including looking at processes followed in the acquiring and subsequent disposals of iWayAfrica, Africa Online Mauritius and Multi-Links Telecommunications businesses. According to the notice published by the president, the SIU investigation into Telkom can go as far back as 2006. “As the SIU investigation is now pending, we expect to receive further clarity on the scope of the investigation. Telkom will deal with the investigation on its merits in the appropriate forum, in the appropriate manner, at the appropriate time,” Telkom says. “Telkom follows robust corporate governance principles and has done so in executing the Telkom strategy to consolidate its operations in South Africa,” the telco added. Read: Ramaphosa orders wide-ranging probe into Telkom Scope of SIU investigation In the referral issued by the president, he said that it may be necessary for civil proceedings to ensue from the investigation as the state may have suffered losses that could still be recovered The government is Telkom’s largest shareholder, with about 40% equity in the telco, along with this, the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) – which manages state pension funds – holds an approximate 14% stake. The president instructed the SIU to investigate the following allegations relating to Telkom: Read: Why Cyril is going after Telkom However, Telkom says it has on numerous occasions reported on the dealings the President-sanctioned SIU investigation is interested in, adding that some of these have been ventilated in various courts. “Matters surrounding the Multi-Links Telecommunications Limited transaction have been reported on previously and certain related issues have been dealt with in various courts with different jurisdictions in South Africa,” Telkom notes. jQuery(document).on('click', 'a[href*="#to-comments"]', function (event) { event.preventDefault(); jQuery('html, body').animate({ scrollTop: jQuery(jQuery.attr(this, 'href')).offset().top }, 500); }); jQuery(document).ready(function () { jQuery('img[class*="wp-image-"]').bind('click', function () { jQuery(this.parentElement).lightBox({ imageLoading:"https://www.moneyweb.co.za/wp-content/themes/moneyweb-domination/images/spinner_moneyweb.gif", imageBtnPrev:"https://www.moneyweb.co.za/wp-content/themes/moneyweb-domination/images/bg_direction_nav.png", imageBtnNext:"https://www.moneyweb.co.za/wp-content/themes/moneyweb-domination/images/bg_direction_nav.png", }) }); function getSelectedText() { if (window.getSelection) { var range=window.getSelection(); return range.toString() } else { if (document.selection.createRange) { var range=document.selection.createRange(); return range.text } } } function createTweetLink(text, e) { var oldTweetLink=document.getElementById("tweetLink"); if (oldTweetLink !=null && typeof oldTweetLink !="undefined") { oldTweetLink.parentNode.removeChild(oldTweetLink); } if (text==="") return undefined; var newTweetLink=document.createElement("a"); newTweetLink.href="https://twitter.com/intent/tweet?text=" + encodeURI(text) +"&url=https://www.moneyweb.co.za/news/companies-and-deals/telkom-awaits-further-clarity-on-ramaphosa-sanctioned-siu-probe/&via=Moneyweb"; newTweetLink.id="tweetLink"; newTweetLink.target="_blank"; newTweetLink.innerHTML=' Tweet'; var appendedTweetLink=document.getElementById("article-body-content").appendChild(newTweetLink); var x=(e.clientX + 5) + 'px', y=(e.clientY + 5) + 'px'; jQuery(appendedTweetLink).css({ "top": y, "left": x }); return newTweetLink; } var textParagraph=document.getElementById("textParagraph"); if (textParagraph) { textParagraph.addEventListener("mouseup", function (e) { tweetLink=createTweetLink(getSelectedText(), e); }, false); } });