Picture: SOWETAN
Picture: SOWETAN

SOME of the former members of the South African Post Office (Sapo) board of directors abused their power to manipulate procurement and recruitment processes, the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) found.

The unit investigated the affairs of the state-owned entity between 2004 and 2014 and handed its report to President Jacob Zuma, who commissioned it towards the end of last year.

In a written reply to a parliamentary question by Democratic Alliance MP Cameron MacKenzie, Telecommunications and Postal Services Minister Siyabonga Cwele said on Thursday that he was working with the new Sapo board to ensure the SIU’s findings were implemented.

The report, which has not yet been released, showed that "massive" amounts of money were lost to Sapo as a result of irregular and fruitless and wasteful expenditure, Mr Cwele said. It also showed the irregular appointment of contractors in irregular contracts, the irregular appointment of staff, poor management of the vendor database and poor management of assets.

All of this mismanagement resulted in Sapo being in a state of crisis for 10 years.

Mr Cwele said the findings indicated a disregard for the law, in particular with regard to procurement processes, good governance and recruitment policies.

The SIU and Sapo had briefed senior counsel to have an irregularly secured lease set aside and the SIU was assisting Sapo with its disciplinary cases.

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