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Court to hear Molefe, Prasa directors' bid to set aside dismissals

Transport Minister Dipuo Peters dissolved the board last week and installed an interim board on Monday.

FILE: Former Prasa board chairperson Popo Molefe (centre) at a press briefing. Picture: Gia Nicolaides/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG – Former Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) board chairperson Popo Molefe and several fired directors will ask the High Court in Pretoria to have their dismissal set aside and that they be reinstated.

Transport Minister Dipuo Peters dissolved the board last week and installed an interim board on Monday.

The minister says she replaced the board to bring stability to the entity.

Molefe says in an affidavit that Minister Peters’ action interferes with ongoing investigations at the agency and may in fact be an effort to frustrate the investigations.

He says the removal of the directors clearly threatens the constitutional principle of legality, the operations in Prasa, the values of transparency and openness.

The former chairperson argues that while the minister has the power to remove the directors, that power must be exercised in a lawful and rational manner and also in accordance with the prescripts of administrative justice.

(Edited by Masechaba Sefularo)