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Post Office sacks 473 workers

Sapo says the employees were sacked after embarking on a campaign of violence and intimidation.

FILE: The South African Post Office has confirmed it has dismissed 473 casual workers who have been been on strike for three weeks. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Post Office (Sapo) has confirmed it has dismissed 473 casual workers who have been been on strike for three weeks.

The employees had called on management to employ them permanently and were sacked after what the Post Office says was a campaign of violence and intimidation.

The strike has caused severe delays in the delivery of mail from the Tshwane and East Rand distribution centres.

The service says it is currently in the process of permanently employing 900 casual workers but was forced to dismiss nearly 500 due to escalating incidents of violence.

Sapo says the entrance to the Tshwane Distribution Centre was blocked during the strike action and employees have been intimidated.

It's understood the workers are not represented by any union and it's still unclear if they will appeal the dismissal.

It says delays are likely to continue until the workers are replaced.