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Transport Minister says he welcomes any probe into Prasa

The minister was responding to questions at a briefing on the performance of state-owned entities in Pretoria on Friday.

FILE: Transport Minister Joe Maswanganyi. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - Transport Minister Joe Maswanganyi says he’s not going to stop any investigation or attempt to hide wrongdoing at the Passenger Rail Agency South Africa (Prasa).

The minister was responding to questions at a briefing on the performance of state-owned entities in Pretoria on Friday.

Prasa board chairperson Popo Molefe has stated in court papers that the Hawks have for two years failed to investigate contracts worth more than R9 billion.

Minister Joe Maswanganyi says he welcomes any investigation at Prasa.

“And we are not going to hide anything. We have never stopped anybody from investigation purported, or allegations of maladministration and fraud in Prasa.”

The minister declined to comment on the status of the Prasa board, except to say it no longer has a quorum.

“I wouldn’t want to go deep into the issues of Prasa board because they are still internal. We have given Prasa an opportunity to respond to the issues that I have raised with them.”

Maswanganyi says he doesn’t want to speak about the Prasa board publicly without its members having their right of reply.

(Edited by Zinhle Nkosi)