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Popo Molefe: Peters’ decision to dissolve Prasa board improper

Popo Molefe has filed court papers to block the Dipuo Peters’ appointment of an interim board, and to have them re-instated.

FILE: A screengrab picture of Prasa chairman, Popo Molefe.

JOHANNESBURG - Former Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) board chairperson Popo Molefe says Transport Minister Dipuo Peters’ decision to dissolve the board was improper.

He says, as the board, they fought corruption in the organisation and it’s a pity that it has been dissolved just a few months before its term ends.

Molefe has filed court papers to block the minister’s appointment of an interim board, and to have them re-instated.

Peters dissolved the board following infighting between board members and former acting CEO Collins Letsoalo, after reports surfaced that he had increased his salary by 350% without approval.

Molefe says they believe the court will rule in their favour.

“It is improper that when the board is left with just a few months, they should be hurriedly removed from office.”

He earlier said Peters’ decision was not within the confines of the law as she had not given reasons for her actions.

“We think that the action itself in contrary to public interest. It’s in the interest of the public that the good work that we have doing or rooting out corruption and the fact that we already have two major cases.”