Cape Town- Parliament has decided to urgently appoint a new Passenger Rail Agency of SA (PRASA) board, after the current PRASA board neglected to attend a scheduled meeting with the Transport Portfolio Committee on Tuesday.
After failing to follow parliamentary instructions, the board members have been issued with a subpoena to appear before Parliament next week and account for Metrorail’s current state of affairs.
“In all regions Metrorail is falling apart and we don’t see an aggressive turnaround plan from the board to make sure the problem is fixed and Metrorail remain a reliable mode of transport for poor people and working class that uses trains,” said African National Congress MP Lenard Ramatlakane.
The members of Parliament (MP) showed great disappointment at the board’s non-attendance and want the members to account for their absence.
“We are disappointed as the committee, this meeting with PRASA should have happened last week already but the committee had to reschedule because PRASA did not honour the meeting,” said Chairperson of the committee, Ms Dikeledi Magadzi.