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Bad news; Prasa CEO suspended, Check why

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Only days after the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) put its CEO Group Zolani Matthews on preparatory suspension, it has at last been uncovered why: Prasa says Matthews had neglected to unveil the way that he had British citizenship. 

"On the seventeenth of November 2021, the PRASA Board of Control (BoC) was made mindful of a letter from the Department of State Security expressing that Mr Zolani Matthews' Top Secret exceptional status has been declined. The justification behind this choice it is because of his conscious inability to uncover to Prasa that he holds a British citizenship," said Prasa representative Andiswa Makanda. 

Makanda says the news came as a shock to Prasa and in the wake of going through an announcement structure endorsed by Matthews back in May, it was obvious that he purposely disguised this reality. 

"The impact of that material non-divulgence by Mr Matthews is in break of his agreement of work. It endless supply of this notice that the Board assumed a choice to position Mr Mathews on preparatory suspension on 18 November 2021" 

Prasa representative Andiswa Makanda 

Acting Group CEO selected 

Directly following Zolani Matthews' suspension, Prasa has now delegated David Mphelo as its acting Group CEO with prompt impact. 

Mphelo is Prasa's Group Chief Information Officer. 

The motivation to put him on preparatory suspension is to guarantee that further examination is directed with next to no obstruction. It is reasonable for Mr Matthews not to take care of his obligations while the examination is in progress. The board might want to accentuate that Mr. Matthews stays a representative of PRASA forthcoming the result of the examination and the choice of the BoC. The BoC might want to be given space to manage this matter minus any additional issuance of additional assertions to the media 

Prasa representative Andiswa Makanda

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