New CEO vows to transform Prasa

Johannesburg – Recently appointed Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) chief executive Zolani Kgosietsile Matthews – who allegedly used a limitless gift box of funds for state capture – has announced big plans to improve operations at the ailing state-owned entity.

Matthews was appointed in February.

On Wednesday, Matthews maintained that his main aim was to rebuild and repair the organisation after years of mismanagement.

Since the departure of Lucky Montana in 2015, Prasa has had six acting chief executives and has been mired in controversy, with damning evidence led at the Zondo Commission, where allegations of corruption have swirled in the past months.

Matthews appeared on a local radio station on Wednesday morning where he outlined his plans to save the once corruption-riddled entity.

He explained that the “legacy” issues left behind by his predecessors and years of state capture were “complex” and “multi-faceted”, and a solid plan was needed to ensure Prasa did not repeat its cloudy past.

He said one of the major issues was that Prasa was tangled in extensive litigation.

“We need to address those issues, and where possible, to put those issues to bed if we can. In other cases, I think we will need to take those issues to their logical conclusion to the satisfaction of the company so that we don’t have a recurrence of the same problem,” he said.

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