4 September 2019
The Special Investigating Unit is to investigate the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA).
This was announced in Proclamation 51 published in Government Gazette 42670.
Issues to be investigated include:
• serious maladministration in connection with the affairs of PRASA;
• improper or unlawful conduct by employees or officials of the PRASA;
• unlawful appropriation or expenditure of public money or property;
• unlawful, irregular or unapproved acquisitive act, transaction, measure or practice having a bearing upon State property;
• intentional or negligent loss of public money or damage to public property;
• offence referred to in Parts 1 to 4, or section 17, 20 or 21 (in so far as it relates to the aforementioned offences) of Chapter 2 of the Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act, 2004 (Act No. 12 of 2004), and which offences were committed in connection with the affairs of PRASA; or
• unlawful or improper conduct by any person, which has caused or may cause serious harm to the interests of the public or any category thereof.
The investigation is primarily focused on the period between 1 January 2010 and 30 August 2019.
However, relevant incidents that took place prior to 1 January 2010 or after the date of publication can also fall under the investigation.
Issues under the microscope include the procurement of or contracting for security services; general overhaul and upgrade services; works or services in respect of systems overhauling, repair of rails and infrastructure, or maintenance through the implementation of the Supplier Development Programme; an advanced early detection cable theft solution in the Bonteheuwel-Phillipi Corridor in the Western Cape; travel management services; supply of mobile transporters; and forensic services.