Transport minister ordered hal

Transport minister ordered halt to irregular expendature investigation at Prasa

Minister Dipuo Peters reportedly tried to put a stop to an independent investigation into irregular expenditure at the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa. No jokes folks.

Transport minister ordered hal

So it turns out that minister Dipuo Peters tried to use her influence to stop an ongoing investigation into billions of Rands worth of tenders handed out under the management of former Prasa CEO Lucky Montana.

Remember Montana? He was the CEO that said there’s nothing wrong with the new locomotives he had purchased, saying that it was just a smear campaign by white people to make him look bad as a black man. Turns out the locomotives couldn’t run on South African rail infrastructure and also couldn’t be serviced by South African engineers, as their computers were all in Spanish.

Anyway, billions went into dodgy tenders under Montana’s rule and when an independent investigation into spending got underway… minister Peters tried to put a stop to it.

News24 reports that sources at Prasa said minister Peters last week wrote to now CEO Popo Molefe, ordering him to stop an investigation initiated by the Prasa board.

The investigation came after Public Protector Thuli Madonsela recommended that all tenders over R10 million at Prasa be investigated, following a spate of dodgy deals at the parastatal. The board soon appointed Law firm Werksmans to do the investigation, but the minister is adamant the investigation be put to an end, as it had not been budgeted for.

News24’s sources say that the investigation has been going on for more than a year, but that the minister only now became involved, and one source told the newspaper that the investigation had progressed to the point where certain politicians could be implicated.