Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula on Wednesday said the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) in its current form is broken organisation with ageing infrastructure, old rolling stock, rampant crime, poor internal controls and overcrowded trains.
Mbalula announced that the war room set up last year would seize to exist and some of its functions transferred to the administrator as he placed the rail agency under administration last year.
Africa Melane on 702Breakfast chats to the rail agency administrator Bongisizwe Mpondo to give more insight on what is happening at Prasa.
Yesterday, we had a press briefing with the minister and in that, one of the things we made clear is that we have a broken business at Prasa, that means there is no stability and there is no order.— Bongisizwe Mpondo, Administrator - Prasa
He says one of the challenges is also the lack of security on some of the rail agency's railway lines.
That means that our lines are open to vandalism and that hampers our operation. We have a number of challenges and the vandalism that happens on our lines is beyond our control.— Bongisizwe Mpondo, Administrator - Prasa
Listen below to the full conversation: