DA calls on Prasa authorities to 'do the right thing'

Police are investigating after the DA lodged a complaint relating to a R3,5 billion tender.

Democratic Alliance Member of Parliament Manny de Freitas. Picture: Xolani Koyana/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Democratic Alliance (DA) has challenged senior Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) officials to come forward with information regarding bribery claims at the parastatal.

Police have opened a corruption case after the DA lodged a complaint relating to a R3,5 billion locomotive tender awarded to Swifambo Rail Leasing.

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This follows claims by Prasa chairperson Popo Molefe, who last month filed an affidavit in the High Court in Johannesburg, alleging payments of up to R80 million were made to various benefactors including the African National Congress (ANC)

The governing party has denied this.

DA Member of Parliament Manny de Freitas has described a directive by Transport Minister Dipuo to halt an investigation into alleged tender irregularities at Prasa as questionable.

He adds this raises more concerns about what's happening at the rail agency. De Freitas says if there was any wrong doing, those implicated should be held to account.

"Unless they have the conviction to say they'll come out with the truth, or information that we don't know about, they should come out and do the right thing."

The ANC has also called for an investigation into the matter.