Prasa probes tender fraud

2011-06-23 11:53

Johannesburg - The CEO of the Passenger Rail Agency of SA's property management company has been placed on special leave following a probe into alleged tender fraud and irregularities, Prasa said on Thursday.

"The forensic investigations were launched after preliminary investigations revealed widespread fraud by officials in collusion with private companies," Prasa said.

"The nature and level of tender fraud has rendered an otherwise viable property division within Prasa unprofitable.

"Our commitment is to root out, not only corruption among our own officials, but even those companies involved in the defrauding of taxpayer monies," said Prasa group CEO Lucky Montana.

Montana would act as CEO of Prasa Corporate Real Estate Solutions.

Prasa said eight private companies had been implicated in the alleged irregularities, and three officials had already been suspended pending full forensic investigations.

It also took up Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan's call to blacklist companies involved in corruption, to recoup taxpayers' money from these companies and fire officials found guilty.

Prasa said it would ask companies to write a letter explaining why they should not be blacklisted from doing business with government, why they should not pay back money illegally received, and why Prasa should not institute criminal action against those proved to have committed fraud.


  • PDS99 - 2011-06-23 12:30

    We lever learn do we? This same person was fired at Eskom for irregularities, then at Umgeni Water Board for similar irregularities and illegal tapping of phones, etc. and now again. What next? Offered a Cabinet position?

  • Tilo von Brandis - 2011-06-23 12:53

    Why do these officials only get fired and dont go to jail? Fraud is fraud and thse people dont mind getting fired as they are going to get a job at the company that they helped to enrich in the first place as they are already on their payroll...

      Ingie - 2011-06-23 13:59

      because for some reason they are "protected" by their so called Kronies in parliament includnig Zuma. They all hide behind closed doors.

  • Lofty - 2011-06-23 13:21

    A corruption article a day, Yesterday was a fire chief and today is a CEO of a Govt organization. When will just one of these people be fired without paid leave and made to spend some time in prison ?

      umlaut - 2011-06-23 14:41

      That will be unfair, then Shaik must also go back.!!!.

  • motsokwane - 2011-06-23 13:26

    Forward button is ON. Root them out these selfish bliksems.

  • Feds - 2011-06-23 13:33

    Is there not one organisation in SA that is not crooked and corrupt any more?????

  • Creeky - 2011-06-23 13:38

    Suspended on FULL PAY???????? What a joke! He rather needs to be sent to JAIL and await the result of the enquiry!!! Right now he is "COVERING HIS TRACKS"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Ingie - 2011-06-23 13:44

    Here we go again...wink wink say no more, just another corrupt day In South AFrica

  • GT - 2011-06-23 13:46

    errm, surely you send in the heavies? writing them love letters gives them time to duck, dive, smokkle and flee

  • Ingie - 2011-06-23 13:51

    when is it going to be year!!!!

  • Virginia - 2011-06-23 14:04

    I wold like to know, who are the auditors of the government departments and tender issuing departments, they should be fired, why is it always a forensic investigation, dont these people have to have audits done annually like every other business.

  • umlaut - 2011-06-23 14:39

    What--!!!was there actually a tender sent out--as long as they have done that --all else forgiven-take -take -take if you don't some one else will--its a race against time now--only so much left and so little time go go you corrupt rotten specialists of this new profession called CORRUPTION..!!~!!!

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