High court sets aside Prasa's R2.6bn 'tall' trains tender


The EFF welcomes the Johannesburg High Court judgement to set aside Swifamo Rail Leasing tender of PRASA's oversized trains.

Under new administration the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) asked the court to review and set aside the tender, alleging a myriad of fraudulent deals were closed under its former leadership. Rapport reported on "what may be the country's largest and most expensive recent tender blunder at Prasa": the rail agency imported 13 new Afro 4000 locomotives, which were not suitable for the local rail system and too tall to travel on the lines for which they were bought. "Corruption will triumph of this court does not set aside the tender", the court said in its judgment.

The matter pitted current Prasa chair Popo Molefe against the ANC, and in particular his predecessor current Deputy Minister of Finance Sfiso Buthelezi.

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In an affidavit, Molefe also alleged that an R80-million spin-off from the Swifambo contract found its way to ANC coffers.

The EFF is extremely concerned that PRASA chairperson of the Board had to go to court to force the Hawks to investigate the tender that has now been set aside as corrupt and irregular.