Mantashe calls for probe into Prasa kickback allegations


Pretoria, 3 September 2015 - Embattled rail agency Prasa has promised to implement the public protector's recommendations.

JOHANNESBURG – ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe has denied that the party has ever received R80-million in kickbacks from the Prasa locomotive deal, as alleged in media reports.

"We place it on record that the ANC hasn&39;t received any money from Prasa for any of those contracts.

"The ANC calls for an investigation (by) law enforcement agencies into this matter," said Mantashe.

On Friday, News24 reported that kickbacks were paid to the to the ANC by Swifambo Rail Leasing, the company awarded the contract to supply locomotives to Prasa, after an Angolan businesswoman linked to President Jacob Zuma insisted that 10 percent of the contract value be paid to the party.

READ: ANC denies it benefited from Prasa deal

The secretary general said the party distanced itself from anybody using the ANC&39;s name in tender processes.

"The point we are making is that whoever took the R80-million – it never arrived here."

"The corruption perceived or real must be exposed. 

"The ANC calls for an investigation into law enforcement agencies into this matter.

"Anybody who got that money must be persecuted. Unless we do that, corruption will be permitted under the name of the organisation," he said.



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