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Prasa to 'clean up house' after Public Protector's probe

The rail agency has briefed Parliament on how it's responding to the Public Protector’s report.

FILE: The agency is looking at the improperly awarded contracts to ascertain whether there's been value for money. Picture: Gia Nicolaides/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) says it's 'embraced' the outcome of the Public Protector's probe as an opportunity to clean up house and improve internal controls.

Prasa board Chairperson Popo Molefe and acting CEO Nathi Khena briefed Parliament's Transport Portfolio Committee today on how they're responding to the Public Protector's report on widespread maladministration in the organisation.

Thuli Madonsela investigated tender irregularities involving contracts amounting to more than R2.8 billion.

The agency is looking at the improperly awarded contracts to ascertain whether there's been value for money.

This will determine whether or not the agency will go to court to recoup what was spent.

Board Chairperson, Popo Molefe says "We are getting legal opinions from the best minds and applying our minds because we're going to precisely make a determination of on what chances we stand winning the case when we go to court."

Prasa officials say at the end of a forensic probe, anyone implicated in fraud and corruption will be criminally charged.

Former CEO Lucky Montana has indicated he'll review the Public Protector's report in court.

To read excerpts of Madonsela's report click here.