LET’S HOPE METRO­RAIL NOT STARTED ROT­TING

Cape Argus - - METRO - AZIZ HART­LEY

PUB­LIC Pro­tec­tor Bu­sisiwe Mkhwe­bane is ex­pected to meet the leg­is­la­ture’s trans­port watch­dog to­day. This comes af­ter she was asked to in­ves­ti­gate the sham­bles Metro­rail has be­come.

It is a wel­come de­vel­op­ment, al­beit long over­due.

Metro­rail makes the news for all the wrong rea­sons, limp­ing from one cri­sis to an­other.

The once ef­fi­cient and safe train ser­vice is now but an ex­cuse for pub­lic trans­port, hav­ing robbed it­self of all pub­lic sym­pa­thy.

But what is it Mkhwe­bane’s probe will es­tab­lish that is not al­ready known? Why all ef­forts to re­store Metro­rail have failed re­mains a mystery.

We hope Mkhwe­bane will find the an­swers.

Metro­rail falls un­der the Pas­sen­ger Rail Agency of SA where sev­eral se­nior of­fi­cials failed to dis­close that their busi­ness part­ners had scored hand­some con­tracts worth R87 mil­lion from the em­bat­tled state-owned en­tity.

The dodgy trans­ac­tions were dis­cov­ered dur­ing the au­di­tor­gen­eral’s au­dit of Prasa’s fi­nances in the 2016/17 fi­nan­cial year.

It is said a fish rots from the head down. We hope the rot has not yet reached Metro­rail.

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