Molefe promises legal action following Public Protector’s report

BY CHARL BOSCH - SEPTEMBER 3, 2015

Passenger Rail Agency of South African (PRASA) Chairperson, Popo Molefe, has said the troubled parastatal is considering legal action against individuals involved in irregular expenditure.

Speaking at a media briefing on Thursday in reaction to Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s Derailed report, Molefe stated that PRASA had already set up a commission of enquiry to investigate the handing of tenders above R10-million prior to the report, and that all contracts identified as amounting to irregularities, have been suspended with immediate effect.

“We will identify those involved and take action separately based on the merits of the Public Protector’s report,” Molefe said without making reference to any names.

He added that the board had also authorised the implementing of an academic qualifications verification audit following the discovery that former Head of Engineering Daniel Mtimkulu, who was fired last month, lied about obtaining a degree in engineering as claimed on his CV.

“How this happened [appointments] we don’t know as we were not involved. We are asking why these questions were never raised,” Molefe said, adding that no new contracts have been awarded since the board was appointed earlier this year.

Asked about the board’s reaction to Madonsela’s findings, Molefe stated they only became aware of the investigation in March this year, and that the results came as major shock to all members.

“We don't know how this maladministration was allowed to go ahead. However, we are committed to the enforcing of good governance and will continue with the rolling out of our rail modernisation programme [to]  get the organisation back on track,” he said.

 

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