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Citing both the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) and the cash-strapped Road Accident Fund (RAF), on Tuesday, Transport Minister Blade Nzimande bemoaned the dysfunction at some of the entities that report to him. However, the DA lashed out at Nzimande over the appointment of Sibusiso Sithole, the former city manager of eThekwini, as Prasa’s new group CEO, describing him as having a chequered past and limited knowledge of the transport sector. Briefing Parliament’s oversight committee on transport on some of the issues at the agencies, including the filling of board vacancies at Prasa, Nzimande had suggested that the frequent Cabinet reshuffles under former president Jacob Zuma could have destabilised many of the state-owned enterprises (SOEs).

He said Prasa was bleeding cash "like an ATM", while the RAF board was near collapse with members at each other’s throats. "There is no unity there," said Nzimande referring to the RAF. He suggested that the board be disbanded. The fun...

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