PRASA: Alleged ANC corruption must be investigated – Manny De Freitas

DA says affidavit contained allegations that ruling party was beneficiary of a bribe

Prasa: alleged ANC corruption must be criminally investigated

26 August 2016

The DA will be studying an affidavit filed by Prasa Chairperson, Popo Molefe, with the aim of laying criminal charges against those implicated in the latest allegations of corruption at the entity. 

It was reported today that this affidavit contained allegations that the ANC as well as Prasa officials were the beneficiaries of a bribe in order for Swifambo Rail Leasing to secure the controversial Afro4000 Locomotive tender.  

This would be in contravention of the Prevention and Combatting of Corrupt Activities Act of 2004

This follows Minister of Transport, Dipuo Peters’ instruction to discontinue an independent investigation into tender irregularities at Prasa, which was required as remedial action by the Public Protector. In the context of these latest developments, this conduct is even more telling. 

The ANC’s alleged involvement in this corruption reveals yet again that the party has changed. It is more concerned with putting a politically connected elite first, and the best interests of the people last.

Corruption steals opportunities, creates unfairness, damages our economy, and hinders service delivery. The DA will not rest until this matter is fully investigated and action taken against all those implicated, including the ANC. 

There must be zero tolerance to corruption at all times. 

Issued by Manny de Freitas, DA Shadow Minister of Transport, 26 August 2016