Prasa spends R57.6m of taxpayers' money for 174 vehicles to gather dust

Prasa spends R57.6m of taxpayers' money for 174 vehicles to gather dust

- More than a year ago, Prasa spent R57.6 million of taxpayers' money to buy 174 vehicles needed by the agency

- However, these vehicles have been gathering dust over the past year, having never left the head office's parking lot

- It's believed the vehicles could not be distributed over a tender irregularity pertaining to tracking devices that need to be fitted to the cars

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More than a year ago, the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa acquired 174 new vehicles, at a cost of R57.6 million. Now, these vehicles are just chunks of steel gathering dust at Prasa's head office in Hatfield.

More than a year after buying these vehices with taxpayers' money, they have not been allocated to the various entities of Prasa across the country, two sources told The Citizen.

According to one of the sources, who wanted to remain anonymous, the cars were only driven when they were delivered and never again. learned that the source, a senior security employee, said they have been checking the cars' condition daily.

While the vehicles are not being driven, some already have scratch marks and others don't start.

The source said there was no reasonable explanation why the cars are not in use. However, he added that rumour has it the vehicles are not in use, because they need to be fitted with tracking devices.

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After queries were sent to Prasa, contractors quickly arrived at Prasa on Monday to fit the devices, The Citizen reported.

It's believed that by Monday afternoon, over 40 vehicles were already fitted with tracking devices.

The second source claims it took long for the tracking devices to be installed, because there were issue in appointing a company to fit the devices.

He said a senior manager interfered with the procurement process. It's believed this manager wanted a bidder of his choice.

"When this emerged, original tendering documents vanished,” the source revealed.

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The Citizen reported that the list of vehicles include:

1. Nissan Impedulo minibuses - 19

Combined value of more than R8.2 million.

2. Nissan NP-300 bakkies - 25

Combined cost of about R5.7 million

3. Toyota Hi-Lux bakkies - 41

Combined cost of about R18.2 million

4. Toyota Quantum minibuses - 30

Combined cost of about R12.3 million

5. Hyundai H-1 minibuses - 19

Combined cost of about R8.8 million

6. VW Kombis - 20

Combined cost of about R112.5 million

7. VW Polo Vivo Sedans - 6

Combined cost of about R1.1 million

8. Toyota Quest Sedans - 4

Combined cost of about R940 000

9. Hyundai Elantra Sedans - 10

Combined cost of about R 1.9 million.

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