Telkom CEO accused of nepotism

The CWU has accused Sipho Maseko of employing friends in management positions.

FILE. The Communication Workers Union (CWU) has accused Telkom CEO Sipho Maseko of nepotism. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - The Communication Workers Union (CWU) has accused Telkom CEO Sipho Maseko of nepotism and has called for him to step down.

The union says Telkom has sent more than 100 staff members retrenchment letters since the beginning of this month.

The utility's retrenchment process started earlier this year, with about 200 managers taking voluntary severance packages.

The CWU's Clyde Mervin says their members are now out of a job while Maseko is employing friends in management positions.

"We want Maseko to leave with immediate effect because he only employs his buddies from Vodacom and I think that is where we have serious problems."

Telkom has declined to comment.

However, earlier this year the company said it would seek to cut an undisclosed number of management positions by the end of its restructuring phase.