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Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has welcomed a decision by the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) Administrator to dismiss four officials involved in procurement irregularities.
The Minister believes this decisive action against corruption and malfeasance will entrench a culture of good governance and restore accountability at PRASA.
“When appointing the PRASA Administrator, Mr Bongisizwe Mpondo, PRASA was characterized as a broken entity in urgent need of repair.
His latest move is one of many steps taken to clean up, restore and launch the entity into a positive trajectory”, said Minister Mbalula.
On a statement released on Monday, PRASA announcement the dismissal of four officials from Supply Chain Management and Security Services, following an inquiry into their conduct.
“This is the outcome of the ‘Derailed’ report by the Public Protector, the outcomes of which were never implemented until now. The people of South Africa want justice to be done and to be seen to be done. Corruption and malfeasance have no place at any of our public entities. Such bad conduct from government officials has robbed South Africans of quality service delivery and must be rooted out as a matter of urgency. It is action like this that will gain PRASA public confidence and enable it to deliver on its mandate”, said the Minister.
PRASA further stated it’s continued commitment to address challenges of irregular procurement through capacitating employees and through consequence management.