Prasa in­ves­ti­ga­tions: re­ports awaited

Cape Times - - WORLD NEWS - Mayibongwe Maqhina

RE­PORTS of in­ves­ti­ga­tions into al­le­ga­tions of mal­ad­min­is­tra­tion and im­proper con­duct at the Pas­sen­ger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) are still be­ing awaited.

This de­spite for­mer pub­lic pro­tec­tor Thuli Madon­sela re­leas­ing her re­port en­ti­tled “De­railed” in 2015, which also set out re­me­dial ac­tion that en­joined Prasa chief ex­ec­u­tive, the Prasa board of di­rec­tors, the Na­tional Trea­sury and the Depart­ment of Trans­port.

Madon­sela in­ves­ti­gated 38 al­le­ga­tions and or­dered a probe into R3.5 bil­lion paid out to ser­vice providers, in­clud­ing that Trea­sury probe all con­tracts worth more than R10 mil­lion.

Brief­ing the trans­port port­fo­lio com­mit­tee yes­ter­day, Trans­port Min­is­ter Joe Maswan­ganyi said Prasa was in the process of im­ple­ment­ing the re­me­dial ac­tion.

The en­tity has ob­tained le­gal ad­vice, in­sti­tuted foren­sic in­ves­ti­ga­tions by law firms and opened crim­i­nal cases.

He, how­ever, said they had yet to re­ceive the re­ports.

“Prasa ap­pointed so many ser­vice providers. They still have to re­port (to) us who, among the ser­vice providers, on top of Werks­mans At­tor­neys, have con­ducted in­ves­ti­ga­tions,” Maswan­ganyi said.

He also said all sus­pi­cious trans­ac­tions above R10m were re­ferred to the Trea­sury.

“Na­tional Trea­sury has started with their in­ves­ti­ga­tions… As soon they are done with their in­ves­ti­ga­tions they will hand a re­port to us and the pub­lic pro­tec­tor,” Maswan­ganyi pointed out.

He was hope­ful that the re­ports would name Prasa of­fi­cials who had con­flicts of in­ter­est and were im­pli­cated in award­ing ir­reg­u­lar con­tracts.

Act­ing di­rec­tor-gen­eral Matha­batha Mokonyama said Trea­sury was al­most done with its in­ves­ti­ga­tions and had sent a draft (re­port) to Prasa for com­ment. “They are now look­ing at the com­ments from Prasa and there­after will is­sue a fi­nal re­port.”

He re­vealed that Trea­sury in­ves­ti­gated more than 100 con­tracts at a cost of a mere R25m, as op­posed to R148m charged by Werks­mans At­tor­neys for two con­tracts with Prasa.

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