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By Theto Mahlakoana | 2017-06-19 15:03:49.0

The National Transport Movement (NTM) has threatened mass action if the Hawks and the National Prosecuting Authority continues to “ignore” mass-scale corruption at the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa).

The union‚ which says it represents 10‚000 workers at Prasa‚ said it expected current and former employees of the agency to be criminally charged following former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s report pointing to serious cases of wasteful expenditure. However that has not happened‚ nor have the police acted on a case opened by the union in 2015 against former Prasa CEO‚ Lucky Montana.

 NTM general secretary Ephraime Mphahele told a news briefing on Monday that the current board led by chairman Popo Molefe was investigating 142 contracts worth R24 billion for possible corruption.

 “We are still shocked by the fact that these charges have not been followed up by the police and the courts‚” said Mphahlele.

 The union‚ backed by its mother body the SA Federation of Trade Unions‚ called law enforcement “toothless”.

“The so called independent police agent to fight corruption has frustrated the board in its attempt to get those responsible to face the full might of the law by just refusing to act notwithstanding mounting evidence in its possession‚” said Mphahlele.