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Mbalula slams reports of new Prasa CEO being too old as ‘sensationalist’

Mbalula's response comes after a report by investigative group GroundUp stated that Zolani Matthews' appointment is against the company's age policy.

Zolani Kgosie Matthews has been appointed as the Group Chief Executive Officer of PRASA. :Picture: Twitter/@MbalulaFikile

JOHANNESBURG - Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has on Saturday labelled reports that the newly appointed CEO of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) is too old for the position as sensationalist.

Mbalula's response comes after a report by investigative group GroundUp stated that Zolani Matthews' appointment is against the company's age policy.

READ: Fikile Mbalula defends Zolani Matthews' appointment as Prasa CEO

According to GroundUp, Matthews cannot take up the position at Prasa because he is over the retirement policy age of 63 years.

The new CEO is 64 years old.

The minister has termed claims made in the article as "unfounded fabrication".

He insists the appointment was above board.

Mbalula's spokesperson Ayanda-Allie Paine said: “We call on GroundUp as well as other stakeholders to work with us in the restoration of Prasa as well as in realising our goal in positioning the commuter railway as the backbone of our public transport system.”

The state parastatal has had 10 acting CEOs since the departure of Lucky Montana in 2015.

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