In a judgment that could frustrate transport minister Fikile Mbalula’s efforts to get rid of the rot at the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa), the high court in the Western Cape has declared Bongisizwe Mpondo’s appointment as the agency’s sole administrator unlawful and set it aside.

Prasa is one of SA’s many state-owned entities (SOEs) that has been hollowed out by years of mismanagement and corruption due to state capture, which has cost the country an estimated R500bn.

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