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PRASA BOARD WELCOMES THE NORTH GAUTENG HIGH COURT DECISION TO LAUNCH INVESTIGATIONS

 

07 MAY 2018

 

The newly appointed Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) Board of Control welcomes the decision of the North Gauteng high court confirming PRASA’s authority to launch the application against the directorate for priority crime and investigation (DCPI /the Hawks) as well as the admission of OUTA in these proceedings.

 

PRASA’s victory is bitter sweet for the following reasons:

 

PRASA and the DPCI as organs of state are both constitutionally obliged to cooperate with each other in good faith.  PRASA’s wish would be to have both parties agree to finalise the investigations into criminal matters and to commit the necessary resources to ensure that justice in these matters is not delayed.

 

PRASA launched this application almost a year ago (on 29 may 2017).  This means that between the 29th may 2017 till to date, both organs of state have expended time and resources on legal technical questions on the validity of the application authorising these investigations rather than defending tax payers from criminals. The perception of rampant corruption with impunity thus continues to prevail as a result of the failure to expeditiously investigate crimes.

 

PRASA is confident that the ruling will assist the agency to assure all parties currently before court that there will be no further delays in the investigation and prosecution on matters referred to the Hawks by PRASA, “In our view, this will be the best investment of government time and resources. This will enable PRASA to reclaim stolen taxpayer monies and to act decisively against crime within the agency.  We want to send a strong message that crime does not pay, a message that supports our legislators in line with the Prevention of Organised Crime Act” said the Chairperson of the PRASA Board, Ms Khanyisile Kweyama.

 

 

 



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