Prasa employee arrested for possession of stolen assets worth R2 million

IOL reports that two people have been arrested for possession of stolen Prasa assets.

IOL has reported that a Passenger Rail Agency (Prasa) employee, who is at management level, has been arrested along with another suspect for being in possession of assets that were stolen from the rail agency.  The other suspect is a former Prasa manager who now owns and runs an electrical and railway equipment supply company.

According to the report, the arrests came after an intense investigation by the unit of the SAPS and Prasa’s security personnel, which also included a warrant to search premises of the manufacturing company. About 12 points machines and 50 signal tuning units, all belonging to Prasa were recovered.

“The two arrests are part of numerous that have taken place since the appointment of acting head of Prasa Protection Services, retired Brigadier General Tebogo Rakau earlier this year,” said Prasa spokesperson Makhosini Mgitywa in a statement.

“The process to recruit 3,100 security personnel into Prasa’s payroll continues. This follows Prasa Administrator Bongisizwe Mpondo's decision to insource the security personnel after several security contracts were terminated by Prasa. The contracts were found by the offices of the Public Protector and the Auditor-General to have been irregular.”