Post office fees are ‘mind-boggling’

2018-01-18 06:01

I REFER to the South African Post Office’s threat to charge over R200 for residents to have a postal address or, alternatively, almost R500 for street deliveries if the post office decides that this is the service to be unilaterally imposed.

In the past, the price of a postage stamp was payment for a street delivery. We on the South Coast have been discriminated against by having no street deliveries, and have been obliged to collect our post from boxes.

It is mind-boggling that the many government departments on the verge of bankruptcy think they can simply impose more stealth taxes on the population to increase their inflated and generally unearned wages in these grossly bloated government enterprises.

It should be plain to government that this trajectory is absolutely unsustainable. To inflict more and more higher and higher taxes on working people, pensioners and future generations will undoubtedly lead to a backlash, and we already see this happening.

What will be the position if people refuse or cannot afford to pay these new postage taxes? Will the law make payment mandatory? If not, how will post be delivered, and how will registered letters and summonses be served? It seems that postal deliveries will become a thing of the past, and our post office with it. People are already using couriers for parcels to avoid delays and chronic theft in the postal service.

To repeat, the mind boggles, and citizens owe it to themselves and one another to set a precedent and refuse to pay this proposed new tax.



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