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3 separate probes launched into Prasa's conduct

The parastatal was found guilty of financial mismanagement in the awarding of tenders.

FILE: Officials will look into how tenders exceeding R10 million have been awarded over the past three years. Picture: Kgotatso Mogale/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Transport Minister Dipuo Peters says there are three separate probes into maladministration and improper conduct at the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa).

She's told the National Assembly that when the time is right, action will be taken.

In her report titled 'Derailed', Public Protector Thuli Madonsela found the parastatal guilty of financial mismanagement in the awarding of tenders, many involving former CEO Lucky Montana.

Peter's told MPs yesterday that a forensic probe has been commissioned into various aspects, including maladministration and improper conduct by Montana and any other Prasa employee or board member.

The Auditor-General has also been roped in to investigate.

In addition, the Madonsela recommended the chief procurement officer look into how tenders exceeding R10 million have been awarded over the past three years.

Peters says the president will be kept in the loop, and at the appropriate time action will be taken.

To read excerpts of Madonsela's report click here.