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CWU to pursue criminal charges against Sapo following Madonsela's report
The Public Protector released a report finding maladministration & corruption at the Post Office.
PRETORIA – The Communication Workers Union (CWU) says it will now pursue criminal charges against former South African Post Office board members following the damning findings of mismanagement and corruption by the Public Protector.
Advocate Thuli Madonsela released a report yesterday which found maladministration and corruption in the leasing of a R161 million building as the Post Office’s new headquarters.
It has taken her office four years to complete the investigation because previous management did not fully co-operate with her office.
The union lodged the complaint with her in March 2011.
The CWU’s Aubrey Tshabalala says the people implicated in the corruption have contributed to the dire situation the workers find themselves in.
“We’re going to pursue criminal charges against all those who were caught with their hands in the cookie jar. We’re not going to be merciful.”
Madonsela found that for a decade, the Post Office spent R2.7 billion on labour brokers whose contracts were not properly managed.
Meanwhile, the CWU says the corruption the Public Protector exposed at the Post Office supports its argument that the entity must remain state-owned.
Tshabalala has welcomed the report saying that the union’s position on privatisation has been vindicated.
“It was a rot of corruption, so you cannot expect the private sector to do better in the Post Office. What is needed is corporate governance, efficiency and people who are willing to serve.”
Madonsela says the acquisition of the lease worth R161 million was tainted by procurement irregularities and corruption.
“The procurement of the lease was therefore not fair, transparent and cost effective.”
Post office management has committed to implementing the Public Protector’s recommendations.
Management has also accepted the findings.
(Edited by Tamsin Wort)