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Prasa insists it's business as usual

Prasa says operations won’t be affected by the recent dismissal & suspension of officials.

Prasa's head office next to Park Station at Umjantshi House on Wolmarans Street, Braamfontein. Picture: Google Earth.

JOHANNESBURG - Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) has said operations at the parastatal will not be affected by the dismissal of its chief executive and the suspension of its head of engineering.

Last Week, CEO Lucky Montana was axed while Prasa's engineering head Daniel Mthimkulu was suspended with immediate effect as investigations into his qualifications continue.

Prasa's Sipho Sithole said despite the latest developments at the rail agency the company will ensure that operations continue to run efficiently.

"We still have trains and buses to run and all our other businesses and that is what the board expects of us."

On Thursday, the agency's board announced that Montana would leave immediately rather than at the end of November as planned.

The following day Prasa suspended Mtimkulu whose claim of having obtained a doctorate in engineering from a university in Germany could not be verified.

Montana and the rail agency were supposed to brief the media during separate conferences on Friday but both were postponed.

METRORAIL NOT LINKING BOOYSENS CRASH TO PREVIOUS CRASHES

Meanwhile, Metrorail has said it will not link the Booysens train crash on Friday night to previous collisions but it's determined to establish the cause.

More than 400 people were injured after the train derailed and crashed into a stationary locomotive between Booysens and Crown stations.

Emergency services said their workers responded to three train collisions in the last month.

Some commuters now say they're apprehensive about using Metrorail trains.

But the service's spokesperson Lillian Mofokeng said safety is their number one priority.

"I would not want to link one accident to the other but we have board of inquiries that are underway that will look into the different accidents as and when they happen."