as you can no doubt guess from the title of this post, the SA Post Office strike continues onwards. we now, at least, have a reason for the strike, but it is not a particularly good one and if anything causes more concern.
the Sunday Times newspaper, like all news outlets here, are far too busy worrying about court cases involving death and the Pistorious family to, you know, investigate and report on anything that is of relevance to millions of people. qualified credit, then, to the Post Office for taking the time to run an advert on the situation.
slightly less credit to them, as you can read below, for the content of the advert and the statement they have issued. i think clicking on the below pic makes it bigger.
yes, assuming the above is clear enough, you are reading right. the Post Office, in their wisdom, have admitted to the fact that they presently employ people who are either criminals running a scam or stupid people thick enough to be duped into the scam run by their colleagues. on that basis, it is something of a minor miracle that any post has ever been delivered at all.
i quite like how they say that the matter is "impacting on service delivery". yeah, that's a bit of an understatement - no post at all, either delivered or colllected, for the last two weeks.
it is high time that the legislation in place in South Africa was used to stop this utter nonsense. with thanks to someone elsewhere on the web, here's what Parliament has in place to protect postal delivery :
Postal Services Act, No 124 of 1998
Wilfully obstructing or delaying mail
70. Any person who wilfully interferes with the conveyance of any
mail or through whose act or neglect the conveyance of any mail is
interfered with, is guilty of an offence
and liable on conviction to a fine or to imprisonment for a period not exceeding one
month for each hour or part of an hour during which the delivery of the mail is delayed
in consequence of any such interference or to both a fine and such imprisonment.
Wilful opening or delay of postal article or telegram
71. (1) Any person who wilfully opens any postal article or telegram which he or she
knows ought to have been delivered to another person or does any act or thing whereby
the due delivery of that article or telegram to such other person is prevented, obstructed
or delayed, is guilty of an offence and liable on conviction to a fine or to imprisonment
for a period not exceeding two years or to both a fine and such imprisonment.
with the above in mind and looking at the last part of the advert (the bit before the comical "we deliver whatever it takes" advert), the Post Office executive team can, to paraquote the wise Liam Gallagher, take their apology and stick it right up their arse until it comes out of their big toe. i can only hope that someone with considerably better resources than me goes and lodges a complaint against this executive team in regards of the law, see if that fixes things. probably not, but it would be worth a try.
thank you for reading this, and you never know, one day those who get things from me in the post may one day do so again soon. i am, however, presently expecting an advert similar to this one to appear next Sunday.
be excellent to each other!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!