THE National Transport Movement (NTM) yesterday threatened to use its numbers to compel law-enforcement agencies to probe alleged corruption at the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) running into billions of rands. It also demanded that the agency’s embattled board be allowed to finish its term of office. Ephraime Mphahlele, the president of NTM, an affiliate of South African Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu), said the union would mobilise its 10000 members at Prasa if law-enforcement agencies failed properly to investigate the allegations.
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“NTM and Saftu demand that the board must be allowed to finish its work and that the Hawks and the National Prosecuting Authority must urgently arrest and bring the culprits to book. Should they fail to do so, NTM will embark on sustained mass action until justice is done on these matters,” Mphahlele said. He said Transport Minister Joe Maswanganyi was jumping the gun by writing to the Prasa board informing it about terminating its term of office, because the board has only five weeks left of its term, and it seemed to be an attempt to bedevil Prasa’s investigation into malfeasance relating to the procurement of new locomotives.