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Prasa may rope in external resources to assist in disciplinary cases

More than R37 million has been spent by the parastatal in paying the salaries of suspended staffers.

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CAPE TOWN – The Passenger Railway Agency of South Africa (Prasa) said it may have to call in external resources to assist in dealing with its backlog in disciplinary cases. 

More than R37 million has been spent by the parastatal in paying the salaries of suspended staffers.

In response to a Parliamentary question, Transport Minister, Dipuo Peters, revealed over 2,500 Prasa employees had been placed on suspension in the last three years, on full pay.  

Peters added many of the cases, which relate to alleged misconduct, “require intense investigation”. 

But the Democratic Alliance’s Manny de Freitas said disciplinary cases are needlessly being drawn out.

“Some of these officials have been suspended for literally over a year and this is a great problem. So why is it that it’s taking so long, and if in fact the matter is being investigated, what is the minister doing about it. Why isn’t something done to speed this up?”

De Freitas added, “In the private sector, any person suspended will, at the very maximum, be suspended for three months and that would be the worst scenario. But some of these officials have been suspended for literally over a year and this is a great problem.”

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)

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