Cash reward for Telecom copper cable thieves' arrest

03 Feb 2015 09:10am
WINDHOEK, 03 FEB (NAMPA) –Telecom Namibia (TN) has issued a N.dollars 20 000 cash reward for information which could lead to the arrest of copper cable thieves.
TN’s copper cables in the area of Katutura were allegedly stolen recently, leaving about 800 Telecom customers without telecommunication services, a media statement availed to Nampa on Monday read.
Telephones and Internet links to homes and businesses were cut when suspected copper cable thieves cut and stole the replacement cables installed after earlier attacks this month, resulting in thousands of dollars of damage.
According to the statement, criminals have made it a habit to cut the cables, having left the suburbs of Wanaheda, Golgota, Dolam and parts of Soweto without Telecom services since 12 January 2015 on four separate occasions.
“If this is not a deliberate act of sabotage, then the people responsible for the thefts neither know nor care how difficult they are making life for businesses and local residents in these suburbs,” the statement reads.
Meanwhile, Telecom has decided to get all services restored as quickly as possible, although the replacement will be a time-consuming affair as it might take up to three or four days.
As such, services to the affected areas could only be fully-restored by next week.