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Prasa slams reports of making 'unsuitable trains for SA'

'Rapport' claims Prasa's long-distance trains are too tall for long-distance use in the country.

Lucky Montana. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) has hit back after reports emerged that government has forked out R600 million on trains that are unsuitable for South Africa.

_Rapport _claims Prasa's long-distance trains are too tall for long distance use in the country.

The newspaper also says the trains were bought for hundreds of millions of rands despite numerous warnings.

Prasa CEO Lucky Montana says reports that the locomotives can't pass a bridge are complete lies.

"He satisfied himself of the specifications of these trains and what the testing requires."

_Rapport _journalist Pieter-Louis Myburgh, however, says he sticks by his story.

"We made attempts to get detailed responses from Prasa concerning technical specifications."

Prasa says it takes these claims extremely seriously and that the journalist should have asked Prasa for clarity before publishing the article.