The Constitutional Court decision to dismiss with costs an application by Swifambo Rail Leasing on Prasa locomotives was welcomed yesterday by Transport Minister Blade Nzimande, says a Cape Argus report.

‘Throughout this long, painstaking legal process and impediments thrown our way, we remained resilient, undeterred and resolute in our commitment to leave no stone unturned to fight against corruption and state capture,’ Nzimande said.

As reported in Legalbrief Today, Swifambo appealed the 2017 decision to set aside the R3.5bn contract with Prasa.

Nzimande said that this decision confirmed that SA was a constitutional state where justice was guaranteed in support of democracy. He has directed the Prasa board to ensure that it takes appropriate internal disciplinary measures against all those who were involved in the procurement.

Nzimande said these measures should also include decisions regarding the current fleet of the AFRO4000 locomotives in the possession of Prasa.

The end this tedious journey leaves us with several lessons with regard to prudent utilisation of public funds and it also forces us to reflect on contract management, especially when it concerns contracts of this magnitude,’ he added.

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