The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) has welcomed the dismissal of the PRASA group CEO Zolani Mathews. The PRASA board terminated his employment contract after he was unable to secure 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 spokesperson Phakamile Hlubi-Majola said “We have been vindicated. We have always felt that Mr. 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.”
Hlubi-Majola says Matthews treated employees with total disdain and he did not make any effort to address the crisis of rampant mismanagement at Autopax.
“He had no plans to turn Autopax around, and he refused to assist in devising a mechanism to ensure that workers at Autopax were paid their outstanding salaries.
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.”
Hlubi-Majola said that since the suspension of Matthews suspension 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 who is the CIO has been appointed to act in his absence.
“Mphelo has demonstrated a willingness to find solutions, hence the progress which has been made thus far on the issue of salaries,” added Hlubi-Majola.