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ANC welcomes progress on ongoing Prasa investigations

14 November 2017

The ANC Study Group on Transport welcomes the progress made by the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) in implementing the remedial actions outlined in the Public Protector's Report on the entity. The Minister of Transport comrade Joe Maswanganyi appeared before Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Transport today to brief the committee on steps taken to address allegations of maladministration relating to financial mismanagement, tender and appointment irregularities against PRASA as detailed in the Public Protector's Derailed Report released in August 2015.

The Minister reported that the parastatal appointed forensic investigators to investigate these allegations, and in some instances criminal cases were opened and legal opinions were sought on the legal ramifications of the investigations on some officials at PRASA. The Minister also reported that all transactions above R10 million will be referred to the National Treasury for investigation as per one the Public Protector's proposed remedial action. The department further committed to forward all reports on the various ongoing investigations to parliament upon completion. We call for the acceleration of these ongoing investigations in order to ensure those found guilty of any wrong doing are brought to book.

The absence of the interim board in the meeting caused some dilemma as the committee would have also wanted to engage with the board on these matters. We trust they will appear before the committee in the near future to engage on the outcomes of the ongoing investigations.

The ANC welcomes the Minister's pronouncement that PRASA Western Cape will get a R8 billion investment, 60 new trains and high walls infrastructure to curb vandalism. The continued acts of criminality and vandalism of our passenger rail system remains serious cause for concern. The department must work with law enforcement agencies to ensure that our public infrastructure remains safe and protected.

Our public trains are an important public resource that the poor and working class are dependent on for daily commuting. It is therefore of paramount importance that issues of maladministration, mismanagement and corruption at PRASA are sorted out as a matter of urgency to ensure that we have a safe, reliable and affordable public rail transport system.

Issues by the chairperson of the ANC Study Group on Transport, comrade Dikeledi Magadzi.

Nonceba Mhlauli

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