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Prasa to explain buying trains worth R600m

The rail agency has been warned the fleet of trains posed a 'significant safety hazard' for local rail lines.

Prasa's head office next to Park Station at Umjantshi House on Wolmarans Street, Braamfontein. Picture: Google Earth

JOHANNESBURG - The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) is today expected to again try to shed light on the controversy around the suitability of a fleet of trains it had bought from a Spanish manufacturer.

The City Press at the weekend reported that the rail agency's own engineers warned that the 13 trains purchased, at a cost of R600 million, were too high for local rail lines and posed a 'significant safety hazard'.

But Prasa reportedly went ahead with the transaction, despite the manufacturer informing them that they could not adjust the height of the trains.

Prasa spokesperson Moffet Mofokeng said they will clear everything up today.

"Prasa will once again prove that the report and City Press story is factually inaccurate. It is wrong and malicious."