In yet another case of a state utility disregarding its obligations to Parliament, the board of the Passenger Rail Agency SA (Prasa) drew the ire of the portfolio committee on transport when it failed to show up for a meeting on Tuesday. This followed a decision by the leadership at Transnet not to attend a meeting with the Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) in December, which led to the board being summoned to Parliament. It also comes after two fatal rail accidents in December and January, which put railway safety in the spotlight. Even worse it is the second time that the Prasa board has failed to attend a parliamentary hearing owing to the board’s failure to appear last week. The committee was due to meet Prasa, the Railway Safety Regulator and civil society group #UniteBehind to discuss rail operations. However, the Prasa delegation consisted of interim group CEO Cromet Molepo, acting group chief strategic officer Sipho Sithole and no members of the board. Molepo tol...

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