Transport Minister is protecting someone by dissolving Prasa board: Popo Molefe

The board of Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) was dissolved in Parliament on Wednesday following directives by Transport Minister Dipou Peters.

Dr Popo Molefe, dismissed the Chairperson of the PRASA Board and confirmed that he received a letter on Wednesday from the Minister, informing him that he is no longer Chairman of the Prasa board.

Stating the reasons of his dismissal, Molefe says:

She has been saying because there has been a public spat between the board and her secondee Mr Letsoalo and she says she is acting in order to restore good corporate governance. Obviously that's neither here nor there... she is saying nothing.

Popo Molefe, Chairperson of the PRASA Board of Control

For me, the Minister is been wanting us to stop the investigations on a very important matter in this country, on a wide range of corruption that has taken place inside Prasa. We have refused to stop the investigations.

Popo Molefe, Chairperson of the PRASA Board of Control

Molefe says the dissolution of the board is the easiest way for the Minister to reach her objective of stopping the corruption investigations.

He says the investigations involves R24 billion of irregular expenditure and tenders which were awarded irregularly.

They are clearly protecting someone. Firstly the people who are involved in this corruption.

Popo Molefe, Chairperson of the PRASA Board of Control

To hear more more from Molefe, listen here:


Recommended

by THE NEWSROOM

CapeTalk welcomes all comments that are constructive, contribute to discussions in a meaningful manner and take stories forward.

However, we will NOT condone the following:

  • Racism (including offensive comments based on ethnicity and nationality)
  • Sexism
  • Homophobia
  • Religious intolerance
  • Cyber bullying
  • Hate speech
  • Derogatory language
  • Comments inciting violence.

We ask that your comments remain relevant to the articles they appear on and do not include general banter or conversation as this dilutes the effectiveness of the comments section.

We strive to make the CapeTalk community a safe and welcoming space for all.

CapeTalk reserves the right to: 1) remove any comments that do not follow the above guidelines; and, 2) ban users who repeatedly infringe the rules.

Should you find any comments upsetting or offensive you can also flag them and we will assess it against our guidelines.

CapeTalk is constantly reviewing its comments policy in order to create an environment conducive to constructive conversations.

Read More
Prasa board fired, future uncertain for Hawks probe into money trail

Prasa board fired, future uncertain for Hawks probe into money trail

Prasa's board has been dissolved with immediate effect. But what does this mean for pending investigations into tender scandals?

Sacked Collins Letsoalo hijacks briefing to accuse Prasa board of lies

Sacked Collins Letsoalo hijacks briefing to accuse Prasa board of lies

The Parly briefing was meant to discuss the status of Metrorail services, but axed acting Prasa CEO hit back at the board instead.

Prasa appoints new acting CEO after ousting Collins Letsoalo over pay hike

Prasa appoints new acting CEO after ousting Collins Letsoalo over pay hike

The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa has appointed Lindikhaye Zide to replace axed acting CEO Collins Letsoalo.

 Collins Letsoalo: Prasa board can't fire me

Collins Letsoalo: Prasa board can't fire me

Collins Letsoalo was dismissed as the Prasa acting group CEO, but says only minister of transport can terminate his contract.

Collins Letsoalo suspended employee who raised alarm over salary irregularity

Collins Letsoalo suspended employee who raised alarm over salary irregularity

Former Prasa acting CEO hired someone who wrote to Dept of Transport saying Prasa board approved increase.

Woman stuck on a train given run around for 18 hour delay

Woman stuck on a train given run around for 18 hour delay

Julie says they got no proper explanation for the hold-up in the Karoo on Friday but Prasa has offered compensation to passengers.

Prasa acting CEO denies 350% salary increase, cites plot to discredit him

Prasa acting CEO denies 350% salary increase, cites plot to discredit him

Collins Letsoalo admits he receives a board approved cost to company package of R5.9 million per annum.

Popular articles
Convicted murderers of Winnie Rust went on a shopping spree using her bank cards

Convicted murderers of Winnie Rust went on a shopping spree using her bank cards

EWN reporter Shamiela Fisher says 77-year-old Rust took care of one of the accused and supported him and his family financially.

Journos join the dots: Estina suspects, 'Zupta empire' and state capture in SA

Journos join the dots: Estina suspects, 'Zupta empire' and state capture in SA

Senior investigative journos unravel the Estina Dairy Farm scandal and how the suspects fit into the bigger state capture project.

Ramaphosa gets Presidency off on the right foot

Ramaphosa gets Presidency off on the right foot

The President met with the people of Cape Town while on a 5 kilometre morning walk from Gugulethu to Athlone.

Political Desk: Shivambu and Malema have become excellent narrators- Haffajee

Political Desk: Shivambu and Malema have become excellent narrators- Haffajee

Huffington Post editor in chief shares her view on the SONA debate with Bongani Bingwa.