Prasa fires CEO Zolani Matthews over twin citizenship matter

Zolani Matthews, who was appointed in February, was suspended final month after it emerged that he had been denied safety clearance by the State Safety Company, which was a requirement of his employment contract.

FILE: Prasa CEO Zolani Matthews. Image: Twitter/@MbalulaFikile

JOHANNESBURG – The Passenger Rail Company of South Africa (Prasa) has terminated the employment contract of group chief govt Zolani Matthews with fast impact over his failure to reveal that he held British citizenship.

Matthews, who was appointed in February, was suspended final month after it emerged that he had been denied safety clearance by the State Safety Company, which was a requirement of his employment contract.

Prasa initiated an investigation into the matter to find out if Matthews had intentionally and deliberately did not disclose his twin citizenship to Prasa.

In a press release launched on Thursday, Prasa mentioned that its board had unanimously determined to finish Matthews’ contract after the investigation report returned opposed findings in opposition to him.

The rail company mentioned that through the investigation, Matthews was given a chance to current his model and that he and his lawyer have been “aware about the contents of the report”.

Prasa mentioned that it was already on the lookout for Matthews’ substitute.

David Mphelo was appointed as performing head of Prasa after Matthews was suspended.

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