Prasa internal probe to reveal more on maladministration
Popo Molefe briefed MP on how the parastatal is implementing the Public Protector’s remedial action.
CAPE TOWN - Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) Board Chairperson Popo Molefe says internal investigations are expected to reveal more about the extent of maladministration in the rail agency.
In her report titled "Derailed" Public Protector Thuli Madonsela found evidence of widespread maladministration, financial mismanagement and improper awarding of tenders amounting to more than R2.8 billion.
Molefe briefed Members of Parliament on Friday on how the parastatal is implementing the Public Protector's remedial action.
The Prasa said it has 'embraced' the outcome of the Public Protector's probe as an opportunity to clean up house and improve internal controls.
He says a wide-ranging internal probe is underway.
"We're going to be shocked by what would come out in the investigations that we doing. So it's better to wait for that work to be done and then for us to decide if we're faced with the situation, how do we manage it?"
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.
Molefe said, "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 will review the Public Protector's report in court.