South Africa: Prasa fires Zolani Matthews as CEO for not disclosing dual citizenship

Published: 2/Dec/2021
Source: Daily Maverick (South Africa)

By Suné Payne

South Africa’s unstable rail agency confirms it is on the lookout for a new Group CEO following the dismissal of Zolani Matthews amid claims of a failed required security clearance.

Zolani Matthews has been fired as the group CEO of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa). The agency confirmed this in a statement issued by the board on Thursday, 2 December.

At a board meeting on 29 November it had “unanimously resolved to terminate with immediate effect the employment contract of its GCEO, Mr Zolani Kgosietsile Matthews”.

The board said this was due to Matthews’s “deliberately and intentionally” failing to disclose information to Prasa regarding his dual citizenship. Matthews, the son of struggle stalwart Joe Matthews, obtained dual citizenship when he lived in Britain during his father’s exile. He is the sibling of Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Naledi Pandor.

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Themes: Dual Nationality, Nationality of Politicians
Regions: South Africa
Year: 2021