Dissatisfied, Scopa cuts meeting with Prasa officials short
Prasa’s chairperson & senior management were in Parliament to answer questions on its annual report.
CAPE TOWN - Parliament's Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) has cut short a meeting with Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) officials today after repeatedly being told many of the issues Members of Parliament (MPs) were raising are under investigation.
Prasa Board Chairperson Popo Molefe and the agency's senior management team were in Parliament to answer a volley of questions on the parastatal's annual report.
The meeting comes just three months after the Public Protector released a report into large-scale maladministration at the parastatal, entitled 'Derailed'.
Thuli Madonsela recommended the board take appropriate disciplinary action against certain officials, particularly former CEO Lucky Montana.
MPs had questions about a range of issues that have made headlines this year, including the controversial purchase of imported locomotives that are said to be unsuitable for local railway lines.
But Scopa Chairperson Themba Godi says their questions were largely met with the same response.
"On almost all the matters we've raised, the common refrain has been these matters are under investigation.
Dissatisfied, the committee asked the delegation to leave the room so that MPs could agree on how to proceed given the scarcity of concrete answers.
When the meeting resumed, Godi instructed Prasa officials to compile a list of the various investigations that are underway, and to include how long each probe is likely to take.
He said the list should be sent to Parliament next week, and the meeting was postponed.