Prasa to investigate chair after he moved into agency’s luxury home

Leonard Ramatlakane Photograph: Lulama Zenzile

The board of the Passenger Rail Company of SA (Prasa) has instituted an inner inquiry into its chair Leonard Ramatlakane following a report that he moved his household right into a luxurious home belonging to the state-owned firm. The Sunday Occasions reported on the weekend that Ramatlakane moved into the home in Newlands, Cape City as a result of his own residence was present process renovations, and he ended up internet hosting a seventieth celebration there. In line with the report, the house is supposed for use by its execs on work journeys, to keep away from resort prices. Prasa lately spent R2.5 million on upgrading the home.Prasa informed the Sunday Occasions that he was renting the house with a lease legitimate from December to February, however that this was later prolonged to March.  The company then mentioned in a press release on Thursday that its board had an pressing assembly within the week and “after a lot deliberation, the board resolved to refer the allegations for an inner inquiry, according to relevant Prasa insurance policies and the regulation.” A report is anticipated within the subsequent two weeks, and if the findings “have an effect on the chairperson”, they are going to be referred to the minister of transport to decide. “Prasa is concentrated on efficiently executing its mandate. In discharging our fiduciary duties and according to the board constitution, we should make sure that our members comply accordingly and uphold a excessive customary of integrity and vigilance”, one of many board’s administrators, Ndidi Mpye, mentioned in a press release. Prasa suffered a lack of R1.9 billion in 2020/21, with its income declining by R500 million. It’s at the moment within the midst of a authorized battle over its choice to droop its head of authorized, Martha Ngoye, who uncovered alleged corruption on the company.


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Ramatlakane approached the Johannesburg Labour Court docket earlier in February to take an arbitration award that made findings in Ngoye’s favour on assessment.In February, Prasa’s former interim chair Choose Tintswalo Nana Makhubele confronted a Judicial Conduct Tribunal listening to into allegations of gross misconduct.Makhubele has been accused of breaching the separation of powers precept by serving as a Excessive Court docket decide whereas within the place of Prasa chairperson.She can also be accused of improper conduct whereas serving as Prasa chairperson. This was after Civil society organisation #UniteBehind lodged a criticism with the Judicial Service Fee three years in the past. Ngoye testified towards Makhubele on the tribunal hearings.