Post Office board resigns

Minister Siyabonga Cwele says his department will step in to stabilise the state entity.

FILE: The Post Office strike is now in its fourth month. Picture: Facebook.

JOHANNESBURG - Telecommunications and Postal Services Minister Siyabonga Cwele says the board of the South African Post Office (Sapo) has resigned voluntarily with a strike among workers now in its fourth month.

Cwele says his department will step in to stabilise the state entity.

He says the problems at the Post Office did not start with the board and have been brewing for several years.

Cwele has also urged the Post Office to fully enforce the "no work no pay" principle which he says hasn't been done across the board.

The Communication Workers Union (CWU) say it is happy that its calls for the board to be dissolved have finally been heard.

The CWU's Clyde Mervin says, "Obviously we hope that the minister will appoint an administrator up until a new body is appointed."

The union says the board's resignation is the first step in the process of ending the crippling Post Office strike, adding there is visible difference in the state entity's approach in the few hours since the changes were made.

The union says it has already received a request from Sapo to restart talks aimed at ending the strike.

Mervin says, "We have just confirmed a meeting for Monday."

The department has appointed Simo Lushaba to take the helm in the meantime.