Minister fired Prasa board to

Minister fired Prasa board to prevent it from investigating corruption. Molefe

Hmmm, it would seem as if there’s more to Wednesday’s Prasa shuffle than what transport minister Dipuo Peters would have us think… if we take former board chair Popo Molefe’s word for it that is.

Minister fired Prasa board to

So back in 2016 Prasa chair Popo Molefe outlined his plans to uncover what he said was billions in corruption at the Passenger Rail Agency (Prasa), despite alleged objections by transport minister Dipuo Peters, who reportedly said it was a waste of time to try and track down exactly who’s responsible.

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Now, Molefe has come out saying that’s exactly why Peters on Wednesday fired him and the rest of the Prasa board.

Molefe told CapeTalk radio that peters stepped in after the board had refused to stop its investigation into corruption at Prasa, but Peters claims to have made the decision “because there was a public spat between the board and … Mr Letswalo and she said that she is acting to restore good corporate governance.”

Collins Letsoalo, for some background, was the acting CEO of Prasa for the last almost-seven months who decided to bump up his own salary by 350%.

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“It says nothing. She does not tell us what is this corporate governance that she is talking about. The minister is wanting us to stop the investigation which is a very important matter for this country on the wide ranging corruption that has taken place inside Prasa,” Molefe said.

“We have refused to stop those investigations when she wrote to us to do so. Clearly therefore the dissolution of the board is the easiest way of getting to that objective of ending the investigation,” Molefe said, adding that Peters though the investigation was a waste of money.

 “I do think that they are protecting someone. They are clearly protecting these people who are involved in this corruption.”