Orange Grove Post Office vandalised

Striking workers broke windows and threatened to torch the building trying to intimidate those on duty.

FILE: Striking workers broke windows and threatened to torch the building trying to intimidate those on duty. Picture: Facebook.

JOHANNESBURG - The Orange Grove Post Office has been vandalised by a group of striking workers.

Police say the group broke the windows and threatened to torch the building in an attempt to intimidate those on duty.

The Post Office strike has now entered its third month with workers demanding a 15 percent pay increase and permanent employment.

The police's Bonginkosi Mdleje says no one was injured during the incident.

"The police were on the scene, no one was arrested. The suspects fled the scene. A case of malicious damage to property was opened," Mdleje said.

The Communication Workers Union (CWU) last week called for the South African Post Office's executive management to be sacked.

The dismissal of almost 500 casual workers, who were later hired as permanent staff amid allegations of nepotism and corruption have fuelled labour anger.

The CWU's Aubrey Tshabalala says, "The acting chairperson must be removed from their position. That would be a permanent solution to resolve the strike."

Post Office officials have put forward a proposal to end the strike, which workers are still considering.