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Leonard Ramatlakane has been removed of his responsibilities as a Board Member and Chairperson
of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA), according to a statement from the Ministry of
This comes after the organisation investigated Ramatlakane’s unauthorised usage of one of its
properties in Cape Town.
Transport Minister Sindisiwe Chikunga thanked the chairperson in a statement on Tuesday for his
vision and outstanding work, which enabled the organisation to restore 13 rail lines as part of its Rail
“This exceeded the target of 10 rail lines that were initially earmarked by PRASA for recovery. It is
under Ramatlakane’s watch that PRASA was able to restore a sizable number of PRASA Rail services
in various metros in the country, which has ensured that PRASA Rail reclaims its status as a mass
mover of commuters in the Republic,” Chikunga said.
The rail lines and stations were hit by vandalists during the lockdown period and the Rail Recovery
Programme was set up as a robust government response to that destruction.
The ministry said it is committed to a clean administration and governance across its entities.