Take back your trains: Prasa seeks refund in dodgy tender debacle

Rail parastatal Prasa launched a dramatic court action this week to recover from one of South Africa’s biggest ever tender debacles involving billions of rand‚ the Sunday Times newspaper reported.

The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa wants the Spanish company that provided the controversial Afro 4000 trains — found to be unsuitable for the local rail network — to take back its stock and refund the R2.65-billion already paid to it.

The deal attracted international headlines when it was discovered earlier this year that the trains were too tall for South Africa’s railways.

It has also emerged that Prasa executives involved in the deal could face criminal charges for their part in the scandal.

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