Calls for accountability for Uyinene’s death

SowetanLive reports that gender activists and civil society movements have slammed SA Post Office (Sapo) for sitting on a report which flagged 300 employees, including the man who murdered University of Cape Town student Uyinene Mrwetyana. The man who confessed to killing Mrwetyana was found to be a convicted criminal who had served time. This was after Sapo vetted all employees who were going to work on the distribution of social grants last year. Loyiso Saliso, one of the organisers of the #TotalShutdownMovement, said government as a whole needed to be called out and also be sued for Mrwetyana’s killing.

Saliso said it was “highly disturbing” that Mrwetyana’s alleged killer “and 299 other criminals” could be appointed with ease despite criminal records”. Communications minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams has written to Sapo board to “urgently provide reasons why the 2018 report was not implemented”. Her spokesperson Nthabeleng Mokitimi-Dlamini said she wants “appropriate action” taken against the 299 employees still at the post office depending on the gravity of the offences they were guilty of.

by Isaac Mahlangu