Tebogo Msimanga |
The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) welcomes the dismissal of the PRASA group CEO Zolani Mathews. The PRASA board terminated his employment contract after he was unable to secure a favourable security clearance.
Matthews was placed on suspension last month pending an investigation related to his employment contract, and whether he intentionally or deliberately failed to disclose information of his dual citizenship.
NUMSA General Secretary Irvin Jim said they have been vindicated. “We have always felt that Matthews was not the right person for this job because he refused to work with labour to find a permanent solution to the crisis facing workers at Autopax.”
Jim further said Matthews treated employees with total disdain and he did not make any effort to address the crisis of rampant mismanagement at Autopax. “Employees at Autopax are often subjected to delays in their salary payments because Autopax is being mismanaged. There were delays in the payment of salaries for October and September. Out of frustration workers went to PRASA offices to picket and they even marched to the National Department of Transport.”
Jim further said it is interesting to note that since the suspension of Matthews last month, workers were paid their outstanding October salaries last week, “and the November salaries, as well as bonuses, will be paid by next week.”
David Mphelo is appointed acting PRASA CEO.