Minister guns for CEO’s firing
COMMUNICATIONS Minister Ivy MatsepeCasaburri will ask the Post Office board tomorrow to fire embattled Post Office CEO Khutso Mampeule.
Mampeule will attend the meeting after getting a court order allowing him to peruse an incriminating forensic report into the affairs of the Post Office, prepared by auditors SizweNtsaluba.
The minister is unhappy about decisions Mampeule made with regard to Postsure, which sells insurance through the Post Office, some aspects relating to a contract he cancelled, and the SA Post Office’s (Sapo) litigation against former CEO Maanda Manyatshe.
Manyatshe is claiming R125-million in damages from the Post Office after he left his job at MTN to focus on clearing his name.
Pretoria forensic auditor Bart Henderson, meanwhile, has lodged a complaint, Case No 1123/04/2007, with the police against Mampeule, citing fraud, perjury and defeating and obstructing the course of justice.
Mampeule is accused of committing fraud in that he “he misrepresented this authority and in doing so prejudiced the post office, Maanda Manyatshe and a company called Vision Design House”.
Secondly, he is accused of perjury in that he “unlawfully and intentionally made false statements in the course of a judicial proceeding … affecting the outcome of a judicial proceeding, mainly a High Court application by Manyatshe, to prevent the Mail & Guardian from printing a defamatory article about him”.
The case will be referred to the prosecutor at the Pretoria Special Commercial Crimes Court sometime this week for a decision on whether to prosecute.
Henderson told the Sunday Times that a number of people were preparing their own affidavits and have agreed to hand them to the investigating officer this week.
They are: Maanda Manyatshe; Joseph Ynclan, director of Vision Design; Mandla Msimang, CEO of Vision Design; Geoffrey Mabote former Post Office executive and Francis Matabane, the Post Office’s group executive of transformation.
Mampeule said on Friday he had no knowledge of the complaint.
Papers which are understood to form part of the SizweNtsaluba report show that the relationship between Mampeule and the minister was strained.
Supporting documents show that Mampeule had consulted his board on instituting a civil claim against Manyatshe, but there is no mention of whether he had consulted them on the criminal case.
The department said the contract dealing with Mampeule’s security “reflects a deviation from tender procedures”.
According to the papers, a member of Sapo’s special investigations unit requested a deviation from the normal tender process because the CEO had received death threats.