Sapo’s blatant disregard

2016-03-03 06:00

PUBLIC Protector Thuli Madonsela has released another damning report on blatant maladministration and corruption — this time at the South African Post Office (Sapo).

The board of Sapo was recommended to recoup R22 million in rent paid by Sapo for an unoccupied building.

A blatant disregard for prescribed procurement policies and illegal outsourcing gave Sapo a loss of R3 billion. So crippling was the effect that staff could not be paid last year and vehicles are now leased.

The annoyance to ratepayers is that, like South African Airways (SAA), Sapo requested a R3 million bailout from the government.

Sapo’s elaborate office in Eco Park in Centurion is unwarranted and was secured corruptly.

The best way to describe this exploitation of ratepayers’ money is to equate it to the hiring of a luxury cruise liner for a trip around our Midmar Dam.

What is vexing is that the R22 million is now sitting with ANC cohorts and will never be recovered, while the R3 billion enriches the cadres who are addicted to corruption that is enabled by the ruling party.

With elections looming and the country fighting desperately to avoid junk status, South Africans have an obligation to save our beautiful country by not feeding the addiction.

JAY JUGWANTH

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