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Embattled SA Post Office has fired over 500 employees for corruption, theft and fraud

The South African Post Office has axed hundreds of its former employees for fraud, corruption and theft. File Picture: Itumeleng English/ African News Agency (ANA)

The South African Post Office has axed hundreds of its former employees for fraud, corruption and theft. File Picture: Itumeleng English/ African News Agency (ANA)

Published Oct 11, 2023

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The beleaguered South African Post Office (Sapo) has fired more than 500 employees who have been involved in fraud, corruption and theft in the past three years.

Sapo CEO Nomkhitha Mona told members of the National Assembly’s portfolio committee on communications that they had to fire these employees because their actions affected the post office.

Mona said some of their employees have been arrested by the South African Police Service (SAPS) and charged for these crimes.

Sapo and Postbank were on Wednesday tabling their audited financial statements to the committee.

Mona said Sapo last posted a profit in 2006 and has been struggling since then.

The post office is one of the entities that relied on bailouts from National Treasury.

The Treasury has pumped in hundreds of billions of rands in bailouts on struggling State-Owned Entities in the last decade.

Mona also said that Sapo has been working closely with the Postbank in the payment of social grants.

But in addition to the problems besetting Sapo, it has found that some of its own employees have been involved in corruption, theft and fraud.

“We have taken a number of actions in the past because you find that some of the wrongdoers are also Sapo employees. From 2021 we have dismissed 488 employees. Out of those 203 employees it was related to fraud and theft. In the current financial year under review it is 188 people. Of those that we dismissed, SAPS has made 372 arrests and 62 of those are former Sapo employees. There has been activity around that we remove those that are detrimental to the business, thieves and other people for wrongdoing,” said Mona.

She said they want to ensure that the law takes its course on people who are involved in wrongdoing in Sapo.