The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) board has defended the appointment of Zolani Matthews as CEO, saying he is the right person for the job.
Speaking in Cape Town, board member Smanga Sethene says due process was followed in making the appointment.
This follows a story published by GroundUp, which said 64-year-old Matthews was not able to take up his post due to Prasa’s retirement age policy being 63.
Sethene says no rules were flouted.
He says, “Prasa’s recruitment policy prescribes no age restriction for any position whether it’s permanent or fixed-term. We wish to reiterate as the board that since our appointment we have amended no HR policy neither have we devised any new HR policy, the blatant lie peddled in the media that I personally approved and signed a new policy is devoid of truth.”
Mbalula briefed the media at Langa in Cape Town at the launch of a new initiative to involve community members in the protection of rail assets.
Members of the Prasa board were present to address the furore that erupted on social media about Matthew’s age.
Last month, Mbalula announced Matthews as the new Prasa CEO:
COPE wants Matthews to immediately introduce a 24-hour security service and appoint rail police services to ensure safety and protect infrastructure.
Political analyst Sandile Swana on new Prasa CEO: