The High Court in Pretoria’s Norman Davis ruled against the Hawks on Friday, in an application brought by the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa). On May 29 2017‚ then Prasa board chairman Dr Popo Molefe launched an application against the Hawks. He asked the court to declare that the Hawks had failed to conduct and finalise investigations into alleged irregular tenders between Prasa and Siyangena and Swifambo. The tenders were concluded between 2009 and 2013 under former Prasa CEO Lucky Montana. The Hawks opposed Molefe’s authority to bring the application‚ describing it as "fatally defective". But‚ in response‚ Prasa’s attorneys argued that the Prasa board had taken the decision to institute the application. On Friday, Davis ruled in favour of the Prasa board. He found that Molefe was "duly authorised" to bring the application, and that it could therefore proceed. The Hawks have five days to provide a responding affidavit to the original application. The judge further ruled that c...

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