SASSA crisis as multiple Post Bank Board resigns

SASSA crisis as multiple Post Bank Board resigns

DA’s Concerns Over Post Bank Crisis

Resignation of Post Bank Board Raises Alarms

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has expressed profound concerns regarding the collective resignation of the Post Bank Board, citing a “hostile and oppressive” working relationship with the Minister of Communications & Digital Technologies, Mondi Gungubele.

DA’s Call for Accountability

Natasha Mazzone MP, the DA’s Shadow Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies, revealed that the party had previously communicated with the Minister and the Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee, seeking accountability for the ongoing crisis surrounding the South African Post Office and the Post Bank.

Inhumane Treatment of SASSA Recipients

Highlighting the urgency of the situation, Mazzone remarked, “This week, we learnt yet again of issues surrounding the delivery of SASSA grants to recipients. This inhumane treatment of SASSA recipients is simply unacceptable.”

Devastating Consequences of Board Resignation

Mazzone emphasized the devastating impact of the Board’s resignation on Post Bank customers and SASSA recipients. Despite their persistent efforts, the Board was unable to prevent this unfortunate outcome. She further disclosed that the Board had attempted to seek the Minister’s assistance and guidance on numerous occasions, but their appeals went unanswered.

Minister’s Media Campaign Criticized

Rather than addressing the pressing issues, Mazzone accused the Minister of attempting to salvage his image through a media campaign. She likened this strategy to tactics employed by failing Ministers within the ANC. In response, the DA has called upon the Portfolio Committee on Communications & Digital Technologies to summon the Minister and demand a comprehensive action plan to resolve the crisis.

Transparency and Parliamentary Scrutiny

Mazzone underscored the importance of transparency and accountability, stating that if the Minister has nothing to hide, he should willingly appear before the committee to respond to questions. The DA made it clear that if the Minister refuses to cooperate, they will not hesitate to call for a committee investigation. In the interim, the DA plans to submit Parliamentary Questions to shed light on the situation surrounding the Post Bank.

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