MPs call urgent meeting to discuss troubled Post Office

MPs want to discuss the entity’s financial woes, leadership instability and the non-payment of salaries.

FILE: Yesterday about 1,000 Communication Workers Union members sing and dance in the streets of Johannesburg as they march for a bailout from government. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Members of Parliament (MPs) are concerned about the stability of the cash-strapped South African Post Office (Sapo), and have called an urgent meeting with the parastatal's bosses for tomorrow.

The troubled state-owned entity has paid its employees up to 70 percent of their total remuneration.

Parliamentarians on the Portfolio Committee on Telecommunications and postal services want to discuss the entity's financial woes, leadership instability and the non-payment of salaries.

Committee chair Mmamoloko Kubayi says, "The CEO is gone, the COO has resigned, the CFO is currently on suspension and going through disciplinary action. We think this is not assisting the stability of Post Office because you need management to turn things around."

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Last month, Sapo's new board met with the committee for the first time to brief MPs on the implementation of their plans to stabilise the entity and make it profitable.

At the time management said the parastatal was losing R100 million a month.

Yesterday, the Communication Workers Union (CWU) marched to the offices of the Public Protector, treasury and the premier of Gauteng, demanding an end to maladministration and corruption at the Post Office.

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