‘Too many’ rail probes

The Citizen (Gauteng) - - NEWS -

There were so many in­ves­ti­ga­tions by dif­fer­ent ser­vice providers into cor­rup­tion at the Pas­sen­ger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) that gov­ern­ment could not keep track, Trans­port Min­is­ter Joe Maswan­ganyi told MPs yes­ter­day.

“There are so many in­ves­ti­ga­tions, some we don’t even know what they are do­ing,” Maswan­ganyi said while brief­ing par­lia­ment’s port­fo­lio com­mit­tee on trans­port, which has been tasked with prob­ing al­le­ga­tions of state cap­ture at Prasa, the state-owned rail agency.

With­out go­ing into specifics, the min­is­ter said re­ports by Na­tional Trea­sury and pri­vate at­tor­neys were still out­stand­ing on in­ves­ti­ga­tions as or­dered by for­mer pub­lic pro­tec­tor Thuli Madon­sela, af­ter find­ing for­mer Prasa chief ex­ec­u­tive Lucky Mon­tana and of­fi­cials guilty of fi­nan­cial mis­man­age­ment.

The ap­point­ment of Werks­mans At­tor­neys, ap­pointed by the for­mer Prasa board, led to a heated de­bate be­tween the min­is­ter, his col­leagues in the rul­ing ANC and op­po­si­tion Demo­cratic Al­liance MP Manny de Fre­itas.

De Fre­itas de­fended the ap­point­ment of Werks­mans, say­ing while the bill for the pri­vate firm’s ser­vices was R148 mil­lion and count­ing, it was jus­ti­fied as it had re­cov­ered at least R2 bil­lion fol­low­ing its probe and was a “good re­turn”.

Maswan­ganyi rub­bished this. “There is no R2 bil­lion that has been re­cov­ered. There is no cover up”,

Maswan­ganyi said a turn­around plan had been crafted and will be pro­vided to par­lia­ment. – ANA

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from South Africa

© PressReader. All rights reserved.