Pretoria - The South African Post Office (SAPO) is committed to getting to the bottom of the circumstances that led to the appointment of the employee charged with the murder of University of Cape Town student Uyinene Mrwetyana, 19, the SAPO said on Saturday.
"From the moment the police made contact with us in relation to their leads that Uyinene was last seen going to the post office, the SA Post Office management and staff have been actively involved in assisting with the investigation," SAPO board member Dr Charles Nwaila said in a statement.
The Clareinch Post Office was closed for business to allow the police forensic investigation teams to conduct their work unhindered. In addition to the dedicated sub-committee convened by the board to investigate the circumstances surrounding the appointment of the implicated employee, the post office management conducted a preliminary investigation whose findings had been shared with Communications and Telecommunications and Postal Services Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, he said.
The preliminary investigation and the findings confirmed that the alleged perpetrator’s employment did not follow the routine SAPO recruitment process, because his entry into SAPO was through a temporary employment agency, otherwise referred to as labour brokers. In 2012, he, among other temporary staff, was absorbed into SAPO. SAPO confirmed that at the time there was no screening of these employees as they were already in the system via labour brokers.
"However, when this group of employees were offered permanent part-time employment contracts in 2013, the implicated employee submitted his CV as well as qualifications and declared that he had no previous criminal convictions," Nwaila said.