On Friday, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) Unite Behind and Equal Education applied for an urgent interdict in the Western Cape High Court to have the Passenger Rail Agency of SA’s (Prasa) decision to terminate corruption investigations in the utility declared unlawful. Justifying the legal intervention, Unite Behind’s organising secretary Zackie Achmat said the members of Unite Behind and Equal Education "had a direct interest in rooting out corruption and state capture at all levels, and specifically in Prasa, because it is not only unlawful but corruption impacts most egregiously on the fundamental rights of our members, their families, communities and the economy". The application was postponed on Friday to February 19 2018. Unite Behind represents a number of NGOs and civil society organisations. Achmat said in his founding affidavit that Transport Minister Joe Maswanganyi’s appointment of a Prasa interim board in October this year was also unlawful and unconstitutional, ...

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