Plac­ing Prasa un­der ad­min­is­tra­tion ‘not an easy de­ci­sion’

Pretoria News - - NATIONS - MAYIBONGWE MAQHINA [email protected]

TRANS­PORT Min­is­ter Fik­ile Mbalula said yes­ter­day said the de­ci­sion to place the Pas­sen­ger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) un­der ad­min­is­tra­tion was not an easy one.

“We could have taken an easy path but this place is bro­ken. The man­age­ment is non-func­tion­ing,” Mbalula said while brief­ing the Standing Com­mit­tee on Pub­lic Ac­counts yes­ter­day.

He de­scribed the en­tity as “rot­ten to the core”, and said the Trans­port De­part­ment had taken bold steps to turn it around.

In De­cem­ber, Mbalula ap­pointed Bongi­sizwe Mpondo as Prasa ad­min­is­tra­tor for one year fol­low­ing his de­ci­sion to dis­solve the board of di­rec­tors.

Mbalula said in a re­port to the de­part­ment, Mpondo said there were no back-up files at the en­tity.

To­wards the end of the meet­ing, Mbalula re­ceived the news that the de­part­ment had been slapped with court pa­pers chal­leng­ing the ap­point­ment of Mpondo. Mbalula said he had been un­aware of the de­vel­op­ment, and vowed to op­pose the court ac­tion.

Speak­ing at the meet­ing, Mpondo said Prasa of­fi­cials had to cre­ate some sem­blance of or­der. “There is lit­tle or­der, if there is or­der.” Prob­lems at the en­tity were around lead­er­ship and gov­er­nance. The fail­ure to ap­point a chief ex­ec­u­tive was by de­sign.

Prasa had lit­tle con­se­quence man­age­ment, and lit­tle to no proper keep­ing of records, with files to be used in dis­ci­plinary cases go­ing miss­ing.

Poli­cies and stan­dard pro­ce­dures were not up­dated, and chal­lenges to the rail net­work in­cluded se­cu­rity, van­dal­ism, and a threat to the safety of staff and pas­sen­gers.

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