Government has approved the appointment of the new permanent board of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) after the agency operated without a board for three years.
Presidency Jackson Mthembu announced this during a post cabinet briefing to the media.
Former African National Congress Member of Parliament, Leonard Ramatlakane, is the new chairperson of the board.
Ramatlakane used to serve on the portfolio committee on transport, which oversees the work of the country’s transport department and its entities, including Prasa.
Prasa has been plagued by numerous challenges.
Last year, Minister of Transport Fikile Mbalula fired the then Prasa interim board and appointed Bongisizwe Mpondo as an administrator.
The appointment of Mpondo was later challenged. It was later set aside by the court as unlawful.
The court then gave Mbalula 60 days to appoint a new board for the entity.
In the video below, Mbalula’s spokesperson Ayanda Allie-Paine elaborates on why Prasa was placed under administration: