Prasa – New Imported trains are working PERFECTLY. The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) says all its 13 new trains which it imported from Europe are working perfectly.
The agency was responding to reports that diesel locomotives worth R600-million could damage overhead electrical cables.
The locomotives were reportedly bought despite warnings that they were unsuitable for South African conditions.
“We took the first train to Stellenbosch, the same loco we took people in during Easter from Johannesburg to Cape Town, from Cape Town back to Johannesburg. We went to Mafikeng, did the test there. What is the problem? There’s no problem. And I can tell you those locomotives as I speak to you now, they are all over the country,” says Moffet Mofokeng, Prasa spokesperson.
EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi has described the R600-million purchase as reckless
Meanwhile, the Democratic Alliance’s (DA) Manny de Freitas has accused Prasa of misleading Parliament.
He says the party asked Transport Minister Dipuo Peters earlier this year why the trains ordered differed in dimension from the requirements.
The Minister replied that the new locomotives were not different in any form.
Economic Freedom Fighter (EFF) spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi has described the R600-million purchase as reckless and called the locomotives defective.
He says Prasa CEO Lucky Montana is already facing numerous allegations of corruption.