Political parties call for action after Madonsela’s Prasa report

2015-08-25 14:18
New locomotive. (Prasa)

New locomotive. (Prasa)

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Johannesburg - Political parties on Tuesday called for swift action following the release of Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's report into maladministration at the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa).

The ANC called on Prasa's board and Minister of Transport Dipuo Peters to urgently consider the report and start processes to ascertain the veracity of the allegations.

"No stone must be left unturned in the quest to get to the bottom of this matter," national spokesperson Zizi Kodwa said in a statement.

"Corruption is the antithesis of the society we want to build and the ANC is committed to ensuring that it becomes a very unique exception in our country."

The report, entitled "Derailed", was concerning, he said.

Montana promises to take matter to court

In the report, released on Monday, Madonsela found evidence of widespread maladministration and impropriety in the awarding of tenders worth R2.8bn at Prasa.

Dismissed Prasa CEO Lucky Montana was widely implicated in the report.

In 2012 the SA Transport and Allied Workers’ Union reported allegations of corruption and tender irregularities at Prasa to the public protector.

Montana has said he will go to court to challenge Madonsela's report.

The Democratic Alliance condemned the abuse of public money by Prasa.

"The confirmation of gross mismanagement at the parastatal by the public protector adds Prasa to the growing list of state-owned enterprises, including Eskom and SAA, that are costing the South African economy billions while failing to provide the infrastructure needed for economic growth," DA leader Mmusi Maimane said in a statement.

"This is severely hampering attempts to create jobs and cut unemployment."

The DA would brief the media on Tuesday on steps it will take to make sure Madonsela's remedial action is implemented.

Zuma ‘set a bad example’

The Congress of the People condemned Montana's contempt for the public protector's findings, accusing President Jacob Zuma of setting a bad example.

"[Zuma's] palpable disrespect for the office of the public protector will inevitably invite the same kind of response from others who are fingered by the public protector for malfeasance," Cope spokesperson Dennis Bloem said in a statement.

"Zuma's contention that the public protector's office is not a court of law will encourage many wrongdoers to take a similar stance."

It called on Peters to pursue the recommendations made by Madonsela.

The National Union of Metalworkers (Numsa) called on National Treasury and Department of Trade Industry to conduct an investigation on procurement the agency undertook for its rail rolling stock since July 2012.

"The aim of this investigation is to assess whether Prasa complied with legislation that calls on the agency as an organ of state to procure local goods and services on the basis of minimum thresholds for local production for the rail rolling stock sector as stipulated in the 2011 Preferential Procurement Regulations," Numsa president Andrew Chirwa said in a statement.

He said Numsa would meet with the National Transport Movement to look at how to work together on the second investigation that Madonsela proposes and the action the metalworkers union will take if Prasa did not comply with local content regulations.

Read more on:    cope  |  da  |  prasa  |  lucky montana  |  thuli madonsela  |  mmusi maimane  |  dennis bloem  |  corruption

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