Mass ac­tion threat over Prasa graft

The Star Early Edition - - BUSINESS REPORT -

THE NA­TIONAL Trans­port Move­ment (NTM) yes­ter­day threat­ened to use its num­bers to com­pel law-en­force­ment agen­cies to probe al­leged cor­rup­tion at the Pas­sen­ger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) run­ning into bil­lions of rands. It also de­manded that the agency’s em­bat­tled board be al­lowed to fin­ish its term of of­fice. Ephraime Mphahlele, the pres­i­dent of NTM, an af­fil­i­ate of South African Fed­er­a­tion of Trade Unions (Saftu), said the union would mo­bilise its 10 000 mem­bers at Prasa if law-en­force­ment agen­cies failed prop­erly to in­ves­ti­gate the al­le­ga­tions. “NTM and Saftu de­mand that the board must be al­lowed to fin­ish its work and that the Hawks and the Na­tional Prose­cut­ing Author­ity must ur­gently ar­rest and bring the cul­prits to book. Should they fail to do so, NTM will em­bark on sus­tained mass ac­tion un­til jus­tice is done on these mat­ters,” Mphahlele said. He said Trans­port Min­is­ter Joe Maswan­ganyi was jump­ing the gun by writ­ing to the Prasa board in­form­ing it about ter­mi­nat­ing its term of of­fice, be­cause the board has only five weeks left of its term, and it seemed to be an at­tempt to be­devil Prasa’s in­ves­ti­ga­tion into malfea­sance re­lat­ing to the pro­cure­ment of new lo­co­mo­tives. – ANA

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