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CWU on new SA Post Office CEO

11 September 2012

The Communication Workers Union (CWU) welcomes the filling of the post of Chief Executive officer by the South African Post Office.

CWU hopes that the new CEO will turnaround this state parastatal to be one of the powerful institutions because it is fraught with allegations of deep-seated corruption and maladministration etc. to the extent that CWU had to take the company to the Office of the Public Protector to probe these allegations.

Biased reporting by Newly recruited junior Sowetan Newspaper Journalist

CWU is concerned by the factionalist and biased reporting of the newly recruited Sowetan Newspaper junior Journalist who was with City Press Newspaper by the name of Mpho Sebanyoni. The newly recruited junior Journalist of Sowetan decided to interview the new union that does not have bargaining rights, about the new appointment in Page Seven (7) of the Sowetan Newspaper and not seek comment from CWU as the recognised union with bargaining rights in the SA Post Office.

When we ask Mpho Sebanyoni about the comment he offered us a shallow or a small-minded response that says “I did not have time and space”, but surprisingly he had time and space to ask the new union for comment. It is so embarrassing for Sowetan to have such people in their company.

It is alleged that Mpho Sebanyoni has been co-opted by the new union and Executive Management at the SA Post Office because even when he was with City Press he was a powerful factionalist labour and business reporter.

It is not surprising to see him coming to Sowetan Newspaper with his factional and biased reporting as we know that renegades invited him for drinks the whole night in one of the controversial places around Hillbrow. We suspect that he is being used by these renegades and by the Executive Management of the SA Post Office.

CWU urges Sowetan Newspaper to take Mpho Sebanyoni back for Journalism training. For Sowetan as a daily respected newspaper to have such a petty and factionalist reporter leaves much to be desired.


Matankana Mothapo, National Spokesperson - 0827590900