Prasa’s controversial locomotives contract still before court
The rail agency says it will await the outcome before determining whether money was paid unlawfully.
JOHANNESBURG - The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) says the multimillion rand contract for Spanish locomotives is still before court and it will await the outcome before determining whether money was paid unlawfully.
It's been reported that an Angolan businesswoman with close ties to President Jacob Zuma and a business partner of one of his sons, were paid R80 million by Swifambo, the contractor for the controversial Afro 4000 diesel-electric locomotives.
The locomotives were found to be too high for South Africa's rail system.
The rail agency's Victor Dlamini said, "We wanted to find out whether any unlawful payments were made. This may well go some way into explaining the failure to observe procurement laws when the locomotives were procured, but we cannot comment as to whether any of the payments are lawful or unlawful."