The Democratic Alliance (DA) has on Thursday laid criminal charges at Cape Town Police station against Deputy Minister of Finance, Sfiso Buthelezi, and former Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) Chief Executive Officer Lucky Montana.
This relates to findings in the leaked version of forensic reports commissioned by National Treasury into 193 contracts awarded by PRASA between 2012 and 2016.
In view of the overwhelming evidence showed in the Treasury reports, said DA Shadow Minister of Transport Manny de Freitas, Buthelezi, and Montana need to account for corruption that took place under their watch.
Former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s report “Derailed”, published in August 2015, was the first official proof that all is not well at PRASA.
Madonsela found corruption was rampant at PRASA.
She recommended that all contracts awarded between 2012 and 2015 worth more than R10 million be investigated.
Buthelezi was the chairman of PRASA when contracts were awarded.
Some of the tenders awarded during Montana’s tenure were worth more than R7 billion.
They include incorrect sizes of locomotives.
“The findings, read together with 2015 Public Protector’s “Derailed” report, detail instances of offenses in terms of the Prevention and Combatting of Corrupt Activities Act (PACCA), Public Finance Management Act (PFMA) and Supply Chain Management Rules,” said De Freitas.
De Freitas said South Africans need urgent answers on why no one is accountable when evidence of gross abuse of taxpayer funds is available.
It is unfair that millions of people endure disruptive service from Metrorail while the Minister and PRASA dodge accountability.
“Our law enforcement agencies cannot afford to continue ignoring mounting evidence of corruption by the then PRASA board and executives,” added De Freitas.
De Freitas said DA will watch the SAPS investigation to make sure those responsible for stealing from the public purse accountable.