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Maswanganyi: Prasa working to implement Public Protector's remedial action

Eyewitness News logo Eyewitness News 2017-11-14 Lindsay Dentlinger
FILE: Transport Minister Joe Maswanganyi. © GCIS. FILE: Transport Minister Joe Maswanganyi.

CAPE TOWN - Transport Minister Joe Maswanganyi says the Passenger Rail Agency (Prasa) is making progress in implementing the remedial action proposed by the Public Protector.

This despite a host of forensic investigations which are still incomplete more than two years since the release of the derailed report.

Maswanganyi is appearing before Parliament’s transport portfolio committee to discuss allegations of state capture at Prasa.

Prasa’s interim board has, however, failed to turn up for their first appearance before Parliament, angering Members of Parliament (MP).

Maswanganyi says Prasa is meeting regularly with the Public Protector’s office as recently as last week to give updates on progress made to deal with issues of maladministration and irregularities.

But he’s facing a tough time before MPs, who say too much money is being wasted on forensic investigations.

This includes an investigation by Treasury of all transactions since 2012, over R10 million.

By June, at least R148 million had been spent on an investigation by Werksmans Attorneys.

The committee says it’s concerned about the legality of this contract.

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