South Africa: 'You Are in a Mess - a Total Mess,' Scopa Chair Tells Prasa Board

analysis

Scopa held a funeral on Wednesday night. The deceased was the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa. It was brutal to watch as most of the meeting centred on one issue: Why was there no record of the minutes taken at the entity's board meetings in the 2018/2019 financial year?

"Our job is to know what killed the patient -- we want to know what killed Prasa," said Mkhuleko Hlengwa, chair of Parliament's Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) during Wednesday night's late-night grilling of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa). But grilling was not even close to describing what went on during the session. Even Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula could not avoid the funeral service.

Mbalula wanted to speak about what Prasa would do in the future, but Scopa wanted to look back at the entity's financial statements, including deviations, expansions, irregular, fruitless and wasteful expenditure. One of the key issues highlighted by Scopa was a remark in the Auditor-General's explanation of a disclaimer opinion in its audit findings. The AG's notes read:

"Prasa did not maintain complete governance records, including minutes of meetings of the board, sub-committees and executive committee. This has had a negative impact...

See What Everyone is Watching

More From: Daily Maverick

Don't Miss

AllAfrica publishes around 700 reports a day from more than 140 news organizations and over 500 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.