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Livid Zondo blows a gasket about Prasa’s squandered billions


Livid Zondo blows a gasket about Prasa’s squandered billions

The money could have been used to save lives in the coronavirus pandemic, says the deputy chief justice

Political journalist

Deputy chief justice Raymond Zondo was on Tuesday at pains to try to understand how no one was held accountable for rampant looting at the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) during former president Jacob Zuma’s years.

The source of his frustration at the state capture inquiry was Prasa’s failure to recover R2.6bn from Swifambo Rail Leasing, a company that scooped the tender award for Afro 4000 locomotives that were found to be a misfit for Prasa’s rail network.

The contract was awarded under the stewardship of controversial former Prasa CEO Lucky Montana for the supply of 70 locomotives amounting to R3.5bn...

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