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New trains not fit for SA infrastructure - Molefe

This comes after Prasa imported locomotives from Spain with a price tag of R600 million.

FILE: Former CEO Lucky Montana claimed the trains were not too tall for railway lines. Picture: Kgotatso Mogale/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - In the wake of the Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's damning report on widespread maladministration at the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa), the parastatal's Popo Molefe has admitted that controversial new Spanish manufactured locomotives do not meet the requirements for South Africa's infrastructure.

Prasa recently imported new trains from Spain, with a price tag of R600 million.

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

Two months ago former CEO Lucky Montana vigorously defended the tender, claiming the trains were not too tall for railway lines.

He now wants to institute legal action to stop Prasa from enforcing advocate Thuli Madonsela's recommendations.

Madonsela's report showed evidence of impropriety in the awarding of tenders many involving Montana.

Molefe admits the locomotives do not meet the necessary criteria.

"But technical teams are working together on that matter and locomotives are undergoing a series of tests under the railway safety regulator, we will wait for the railway safety regulator," he said.

To read excerpts of Madonsela's report click here.