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Transport minister awaits comprehensive Prasa report

The Transport Department says Prasa's board of directors need to keep the minister up to date.

FILE: Transport Minister Dipuo Peters. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Transport Minister Dipuo Peters is waiting for a comprehensive report from the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) to understand recent developments at the rail agency and take action where necessary.

Last week Prasa's then group CEO Lucky Montana was axed while its engineering head Daniel Mtimkulu was suspended with immediate effect for not being properly qualified for his post.

Prasa says operations at the company will not be affected, but Montana may still speak out about his dismissal.

The Transport Department's Tiyani Rikhotso says the board of directors need to keep the minister up to date.

"The minister is confident that the board is competent enough to deal with the issues at hand. The last meeting she had with the board was on Friday last week where she requested them to prepare a comprehensive report which she should receive sometime this week."

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MANDOSELA CONCLUDES INVESTIGATION

On Friday, the Public Protector's office confirmed that it concluded an investigation into Prasa and its axed group CEO after a union requested the probe in 2012.

Advocate Thuli Madonsela was asked to look into allegations of maladministration relating to financial mismanagement and tender irregularities.

Madonsela's spokesperson Kgalalelo Masibi said, "The investigation has been completed; it's finalised and the public protector will be ready to release it on 23 July."