The Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) has committed to table a resolution with the National Assembly asking that Parliament declare the former interim board members and previous board members of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) as delinquent directors to prevent their appointment on any other board of directors in future.
The committee came to this decision after it was informed by PRASA that the previous interim board had prevented management from operating to its full capacity, particularly when it came to risk management and financial management.
The committee will begin a process of a fully-fledged Parliamentary Inquiry in an effort to gather facts that will assist in establishing when these challenges started at PRASA, as it “doesn’t believe that they started with the former interim board”, Scopa noted in a statement on Wednesday.
The committee also believes it is important to go as far back as necessary.
The Parliamentary Legal Services will be asked by the committee to draw a roadmap that will assist it to reach the desired outcome for this process.
The committee also wants to conduct an age analysis that will include scrutinising the past reports of the Auditor-General and PRASA’s management reports to determine the start of the challenges currently faced by the agency.
This, Scopa said, “is to ensure that all the previous PRASA boards are held accountable”.