prasaThe Citizen reports that Leonard Ramatlakane, chairperson of the board of the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa), says vandalism of train stations across the country is bad and has gotten worse.

Speaking on Monday, Ramatlakane said about 80% of Prasa’s stations had experienced serious vandalism during the Covid-19 pandemic. “The situation is quite bad, we have gone around all the four regions looking at the infrastructure, physically walking, and, yes, it’s bad,” Ramatlakane indicated. He reported that the agency had managed to restore 19 of the country’s train corridors, although not all were 100% functional. “The rail itself has been damaged so that in some places you cannot even stop at the station because of the vandalism that has taken place,” Ramatlakane explained. He said, however, that the agency was making some progress under new CEO Zolani Matthews because the presence of a group CEO “basically means stability, stability of leadership at the top level and of course you now have the (new) board, you now have that structure.” Ramatlakane went on to point out that the executive also needed to stabilise by eliminating “all the acting positions with permanent group excos in order for them to able to take responsibility and accountability on what they do.”

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