PRETORIA, Transport Minister Joe Maswanganyi has welcomed the judgment of the Pretoria High Court that the two contracts entered into by the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) with its former chief financial officer (CFO), Fenton Gastin, are invalid.
The Department of Transport said the first contract was of hiring him as Chief Finance Office and the second was a day-to-day contract given to him by Prasa after he had been fired.
As the Government, we are a constitutional State, governed by laws, regulations and policies. We have committed ourselves to deal decisively with fraud and corruption, and will do everything in our power to root out these acts of dishonesty and criminality wherever they emerge, said Maswanganyi in a statement here Wednesday.
Maswanganyi said that as the shareholder, he had the responsibility to ensure that Prasa delivered on its core mandate and that such delivery was underpinned by prudent and good governance principles.
As the Prasa shareholder, I will continuously monitor progress and ensure that necessary controls and systems are put in place to promote good governance, because commuters in our country who heavily rely on public transport deserve nothing but the best, Maswanganyi said.
He added that he would further direct the soon-to-be-appointed Prasa board of directors to go deeper into the perceived corruption and leave no stone unturned when dealing with matters of corruption at Prasa, especially in relation to findings in the reports of the Auditor-General and the Public Protector (Ombudsman) and others which had been brought to their attention.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK