Prasa probed over financial mismanagement

Prasa probed over financial mismanagement

The Transport Minister has asked the Auditor-General to investigate financial mismanagement allegations at the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa.


The Agency has grabbed headlines with the recent dismissal of its CEO Lucky Montana and the subsequent resignation of Chief Engineer Daniel Mtimkhulu, after it emerged he had lied about his qualifications. 

Montana and Mtimkhulu's stepping down came on the back of a scandal involving locomotives purchased for R600-million from Spain. 

The locomotives are said to be too high for our railway lines but Prasa denies this. 

Minister Dipuo Peters's Spokesperson, Tiyani Rikhotso says they approached the Auditor-General to conduct a forensic investigation following meetings with Prasa's management.

"There's an investigation by the office of the Public Protector which is currently underway. The Minister, in consultation with the board and the management of Prasa has come to a conclusion that the information she has at her disposal necessitates a wider probe by a competent institution of the State in the form of the office of the Auditor-General," he said.

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