Dipuo Peters urges Prasa to shut down contracts probe

Transport Minister Dipuo Peters has raised concerns about the ongoing investigation into Prasa.

FILE: A screengrab of Prasa chairperson Popo Molefe.

JOHANNESBURG - In a letter addressed to the chairperson of Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa ( Prasa), Popo Molefe, Transport Minister Dipuo Peters has raised concerns about the ongoing investigation into the rail agency and the reported costs.

Werksmans Attorneys have been conducting an independent investigation into irregularities and contracts at Prasa after an audit report and a recommendation by Public Protector Thuli Madonsela.

Peters has now questioned the "endless" investigation which she says appears to be without a clear scope or specific end objective.

In a letter published by the Mail & Guardian, Peters says the investigation into Prasa is reported to have cost around R80 million, which she says has not been budgeted for.



Peters has asked Molefe to shut down the probe and consider the results, saying a determination of any further investigation will be made after studying the report in detail.

The Democratic Alliance's Shadow Minister of Transport Manny de Freitas says this is concerning.

"First of all, it's not to recall where the investigation is going. How would she know even if the investigation is not leading? If that's the case, she's not in a position to stop this investigation."

Molefe has been quoted as saying he is considering a responsive response to the minister.

The transport ministry is expected to release a statement soon.