South Africa: Corrupt Passenger Rail Agency Executives Sacked

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Sector topic: Railway Infrastructure

  • Prasa is dogged with improper, irregular, corrupt, fruitless and wasteful expenditure by various employees at all levels of the organisation.
  • Other charges involve the falsification of board resolutions of a meeting

The board of Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) announced on Wednesday that it has either suspended or placed on special leave three senior executives amid ongoing investigations.

In a statement Prasa said that its chief strategy officer Dr Sipho Sithole had been placed on suspension. Its head of legal, risk and compliance Martha Ngoye, and Tiro Holele – an executive in the office of the group CEO – have been placed on special leave.

“This decision follows the outcomes and ongoing investigations that have dogged Prasa of improper, irregular, corrupt, fruitless and wasteful expenditure by various employees of Prasa at all levels of the organisation,” said the group.

“The suspension and placement on special leave of these executives, is to ensure a fair process based on a principle of innocent until proven guilty.”

The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) has also terminated the employment contract of its former company secretary – currently the general manager responsible for risk management – Matome (Tumi) Mohube.

The decision to terminate Mohube’s employment contract was reached at the conclusion of his disciplinary hearing on various charges involving the falsification of board resolutions of a meeting held on February 28, 2011 that dealt with submissions of three companies to be considered for different services.

Green Building Africa editor, Bryan Groenendaal recently travelled on the Cape Town Metrorail run by Prasa. What he found was a complete degradation of the service to the point that it is a violation of human rights. Read more and see the pictures

Author: GBA News Desk


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