JOHANNESBURG, The Board of Directors of the Passenger Rail Agency (Prasa) of South Africa has acknowledged that Monday’s court ruling on its controversial tender for locomotives effectively renders the contract illegal.
The High Court in Johannesburg set aside the contract worth billions of rand awarded to Swifambo Rail Leasing by Prasa in 2013. Prasa had asked the court to review and cancel the contract after adverse findings by both the Auditor-General and the Public Protector (Ombudman).
The rail agency also wanted Swifambo to take back the trains, which were found to be too tall for the local railway system.
Prasa board member William Steenkamp said Monday: Whatever we had applied to in our affidavit, the court has given to us. So it was definitely in our favour. The contract is illegal. So you can’t legitimise it.
“Therefore they’ll (Swifambo) have to come and fetch their goods, and we’ll have to get our money back. That’s what it comes down to, so there’s no way you are continuing with the contract in light of the court ruling.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK