Prasa (Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa) board chairman, Dr Popo Molefe, intends to implement the Public Protector's recommendations on tender irregulatities, going against Minister Dipuo Peters' request. Molefe has also written to the minister to share his position on the matter.
This comes after the transport minister wrote a letter to the parastatal requesting the board to abandon the investigation on botched procurement processes in excess of R51-billion.
He emphasised that despite the investigation being costly, it is important to conduct a thorough probe and that the culprits need to be held to account to ensure that the rule of law is upheld.
The state-owned enterprise has been at the centre of a number of controversies under former CEO Lucky Montana's leadership, which included hiring unqualified engineers, purchasing of trains not configured to South Africa's infrastructure and defying the Public Finance Management Act.
We have received the letter from the minister. We don't agree with the request of the minister to stop the investigation.— Popo Molefe, Prasa Board chair
We will implement the remedial actions recommended by the Public Protector because we understood the importance of the office as one of the Chapter Nine institutions in the Constitution.— Popo Molefe, Prasa Board chair