Zuma orders Post Office investigation
Feb 05,2014 0 Comments
The implementation of WebRipost system at the South African Post Office (SAPO) will form part of a Special Investigating Unit (SIU). The investigation was ordered by President Jacob Zuma. The president has among other directives requested the investigation of allegations of serious maladministration in connection with the affairs of SAPO, improper or unlawful conduct by the officials of SAPO and unlawful appropriation or expenditure of public money.
Launched in 2004 Webripost system replaced the old PostLink, a point-of-sale system used at retail branches of SAPO to accelerate customer service levels. The reported R107 million system was blamed by a confidential 2011 report for many technical problems at the parastatal.
At the time of implementation, Ntsundeni Madzunya, Chief Information Officer of SAPO said after a thorough evaluation, they selected WebRiposte Essential for its operational reliability, security, and ease of deployment. ”In addition, it has a proven track record of success within the postal community and that is extremely important to us.” He said.
Other allegations to be investigated by the SIU include irregularities, malpractice or maladministration in the affairs of the SAPO in relation to the management of immovable property and intentional or negligent loss of public money or damage to public property. Zuma also order the investigation the management of immovable property and loans granted to Courier and Freight Group (Pty) Limited.
“The SIU will further investigate allegations of irregularities relating to the recruitment, selection and appointment of officials or employees of the SAPO as well payments which were made by the SAPO to fictitious officials or employees.” The presidency said in a statement.