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CWU: Post Office lease corruption

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The Communication Workers Union alleges that the South African Post Office is involved in some form of corruption especially relating to property leases.  The CWU has lodged a formal dispute with SAPO, as well as contacting the Public Prosecutor to investigate if the correct procurement processes were followed.


Pretoria, 21 July 2011:The South African Post Office wishes to state that the Eco Point relocation process is currently a subject of an internal review commissioned by the Board.

The review process limits engagement with any concerned party, the media included, on the details of the issues at hand, other than the people conducting the investigation.

We however wish to state the following as facts:
The leadership of the Post Office has actually been engaged with this matter from the day complaints were received.
To this effect a thorough review of the entire process was instituted.
The review, commissioned from May 2010, looked into (a) procurement processes (b) the lease agreement and (c) a possible misrepresentation of facts.
These issues were reviewed in line with the standard governance policies and procedures of the company.  Included in the process was response to information from members of staff alleging irregularities in the procurement of the relocation process.
The first phase of the review has achieved some milestones, among them, the appointment of an acting head of the property division, disciplinary process being initiated against a certain executive, and certain cases related to the relocation process being reported to the police for criminal investigation.
On the basis of information from the first review, and additional information brought to the attention of the Board, a second phase was initiated.  The Board has continued to receive more information from employees in relation to this matter and this has prompted the extension of the review.  This resulted in disciplinary processes being initiated against more executives.

The Board is resolute in its commitment to ensure that this process reaches its logical conclusion and all the questions being raised are clarified. We appeal for the public to allow the process to follow its course.  We shall communicate the outcomes of this process once it is concluded.

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