Exec suspended for ‘dodgy’ deal as Prasa’s woes pile up

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Exec suspended for ‘dodgy’ deal as Prasa’s woes pile up

Senior officer in hot water over train component sale has already been rapped for ‘poor performance’

Sipho Masondo

The embattled Passenger Rail Agency of SA has charged a senior executive with misconduct after she allegedly irregularly approved the purchase of train components worth R40m without putting it to tender.

Keabetswe Mpane, Prasa’s chief procurement officer, is now facing disciplinary action after signing off the purchase of components from Transnet Engineering in December without the approval to deviate from normal procurement processes.

In recent years Prasa has had to remove hundreds of trains from service across the country owing to a shortage of components following vandalism and theft. Millions of commuters across the country depend on trains every week...

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