In response to an alleged leak of information from within the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA), South Africa’s fixed-line operator Telkom has issued a statement on Wednesday 08 August calling for an in-depth investigation.
The statement makes reference to an article published in Business Day on 3 August which reported that councillor William Stucke is alleged to be the source of leaked information pertaining to findings and recommendations of ICASA’s Complaints and Compliance Committee (CCC) on the matter of Neotel and Telkom.
This information is said to have been leaked to an industry body.
In its statement Telkom said it is investigating the implications of possible damage that may arise from the alleged leak, if found to be true.
“As a member of the industry regulated by ICASA Telkom is dismayed by a possible violation of due process which will unavoidably jeopardise the trust and confidence of the industry in the regulatory processes” the company said.
“The Company expects that any person found responsible for such despicable conduct will be dealt with severely. Telkom is of the view that an in-depth investigation is imperative to restore a sound relationship between ICASA and the industry that will undoubtedly be compromised should the alleged conduct be proved,” the statement continued.
Telkom also endorsed ICASA’s decision to call in the State Security Agency to investigate the leak.