Sparks fly at Prasa parly briefing

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Prasa's Collins Letsoalo took a seat at the back after refusing to speak to the media. In front is the ANC's Leonard Ramatlakane. (Liesl Peyper)
Prasa's Collins Letsoalo took a seat at the back after refusing to speak to the media. In front is the ANC's Leonard Ramatlakane. (Liesl Peyper)

Cape Town - A parliamentary briefing between members of the portfolio committee on transport and the board of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) got off to a shaky start when the board and MPs accused one another of hostility on the one hand and "reluctance to answer questions" on the other.  

Prasa Board member Tefetso Phitsane told MPs they need to "stick to the agenda", as there were issues on the table during Tuesday's meeting that weren’t attended to. “We need to make the request (to MPs) before the meeting continues. It stems from the hostility of yesterday and is followed by the attitude of some members here.”             

On Tuesday, Prasa's former boss Collins Letsoalo briefed MPs on the entity’s problems, including the seemingly unauthorised 350% salary increase for himself.

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