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Suspended Prasa managers to face disciplinary process

The senior managers were suspended for causing disruptions during demonstrations at the agency’s office.

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

JOHANNESBURG - Seven senior managers at Passenger Rail Agency South Africa (Prasa) will face disciplinary action following a demonstration outside the rail agency's offices in Pretoria this week.

Dozens of employees held a briefing on the street outside Prasa's Hatfield offices, saying they were unhappy with the way the company was being run and disappointed that former CEO Lucky Montana was dismissed.

Prasa has responded to some of these grievances by saying Montana was never dismissed, but he resigned and the board relieved him of his duties early.

The company's Sipho Sithole said the senior employees have since been suspended.

"They will have to then come and face a disciplinary process and answer to the charges that have been laid against them. The executive has taken a very strong view on this matter."

This event involved senior managers causing disruptions and work stoppages."

In response to staff grievances, Sithole also said there is no intention to retrench staff or downsize Prasa.

He said, "The board issued a statement, Prasa issued a statement to say that the board has never had a meeting or a discussion or even contemplating downsizing or retrenching employees. That was issued company-wide, to the more than 17, 000 employees this company has.