Court sets aside Prasa's contract for new locomotives

Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa took journalists aboard the new trains it purchased from a Spanish manufacturer to prove that they comply with standards on 13 July 2015

Court sets aside Prasa's contract for new locomotives

The DA has welcomed the Johannesburg High Court judgment setting aside the controversial Swifambo Rail Leasing contract.

Its awarding has been found to be corrupt by Judge J Francis. The Spanish-built locomotives were found to be too tall for the country's rail network.

Given the court judgement the contract, which was illegally and corruptly awarded by the former Chairperson of PRASA Board, now Deputy Minister of Finance Mr. Sfiso Buthelezi, should have never existed.

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In late 2015, former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela released a report into large-scale maladministration and tender irregularities at Prasa. The EFF further calls on civil society and all patriotic South Africans to approach courts to set aside all illegally awarded tenders because the ANC government has clearly illustrated that it is not interested to stop corruption. The court correctly recognised that "corruption will triumph if this court does not set aside the tender".

Molefe said there had been "sustained attacks on this board" by people trying to quash investigations by the board into corruption.

But Prasa is locked in another legal battle - this time to pressure the Hawks and National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to do its work.

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