Prasa's Molefe concerned by death threats

A case of conspiracy to commit murder was opened after suspicious men were seen outside his complex.

FILE:A case of conspiracy to commit murder was opened after suspicious men were seen outside his complex.  Picture: Gia Nicolaides/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) Board chairperson Popo Molefe says he still believes the threat against his life is real and while dealing with issues of irregularity he will need to be cautious.

Recently, Molefe opened a case of conspiracy to commit murder after he noticed suspicious individuals outside his complex in Sandton.

His security was also allegedly discussed at an MK Veterans meeting in Johannesburg earlier this year.

During a briefing about the Public Protectors report on Thursday, Molefe said he has not yet received an update about his case.

"As we proceed to deal seriously with some of these matters of irregularities quite clearly certain service providers implicated certain individuals. I do expect that they would still be a need for us to be cautious."

Last month, Molefe said his concern is for his family, who have been left shocked and worried.

Molefe told Eyewitness News that a discussion allegedly took place about his at the end of May.

He said he doesn't want the issue to become political and he is confident the police will take the matter seriously.


Molefe said while maladministration and corruption will be dealt with, the rail agency can't allow its modernisation programme to suffer.

Molefe has outlined the action that will be taken on the wake of the Public Protector's damning findings.

Advocate Thuli Madonsela has revealed evidence of widespread maladministration and grapht in the awarding of tenders at Prasa, many involving former CEO Lucky Montana.

Molefe said tenders that were awarded irregularly will be dealt with case by case.

He said ultimately it's about finding a solution that will not allow the rail agency to fall behind on modernizing its mode of transport.

"We don't want all this important modernisation programme to suffer. It is not about us, it's the impact that those contracts will have on the ordinary people who are commuters."

Molefe said there's a possibility that money can be recovered, and they will take legal action against individuals implicated in the Madonsela's report.

But he won't divulge the names at this stage saying the merits of each case will be considered.