It’s payback time — Prasa demands R2.6bn for trains that were too tall
The Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) is demanding more than R2.6bn from the company that provided the controversial locomotives which were unsuitable for the local rail network. This comes just a week after the High Court in Johannesburg found that the tender was rigged and specifically designed to favour Swifambo Rail Leasing and its "joint venture" partner‚ Spanish locomotive manufacturer Vossloh España. "Harm will be done to the administration of justice if this award is not set aside from the onset. Corruption will triumph if this court does not set aside the tender‚" said Judge J Francis when he set aside the 2013 contract on July 3 2017. Yesterday‚ Prasa lawyer’s Werksmans Attorneys issued a letter to Swifambo Rail Leasing demanding more than R2.6bn in payment with interest. "In view of the findings in the judgment, payment is hereby demanded in accordance with the summons in the aforesaid action. To the extent that locomotives supplied are in the possession or under the co...
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