Two sets of leaked documents have been provided to GroundUp by #UniteBehind, showing the rot at the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA). The first set of leaks, reports commissioned by Treasury, were first reported on in November 2017. The second set were first reported in October 2018.

Werksmans reports (2018 leak)

The investigations by Werksmans were commissioned by former chairman of the PRASA board Popo Molefe after the Public Protector’s 2015 Derailed report instructed him to, “support National Treasury in conducting a forensic investigation into all PRASA contracts above R10 million since 2012.”

The investigations were concluded in June 2017 and handed to PRASA in July 2017. The reports were given to the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee for Transport in February 2018. It is unclear why the committee has not released the reports.

GroundUp is working with Daily Maverick to analyse and gradually make the reports public, as we give affected parties an opportunity to respond. We will gradually make the reports available here.

  1. Royal Security - made available on 30 October 2018 - GroundUp report
  2. Gemini Moon - made available on 31 October 2018 - Daily Maverick report
  3. Goldex - made available on 16 November 2018 - GroundUp report
  4. Dikiza - made available on 16 November 2018 - GroundUp report
  5. SA Fence & Gate - made available on 13 December 2018 - GroundUp report

Treasury reports (2017 leak)

The Department of National Treasury commissioned 13 firms to investigate Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) contracts worth R10 million or more. This was ordered by former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela in her 2015 report on mismanagement at PRASA. Treasury sat on these reports for almost a year (perhaps longer in some cases). Here are the reports as they were provided to GroundUp by the UniteBehind Coalition. The only modification we have made to them is to convert Word, Excel and Powerpoint files to PDFs using LibreOffice. The KPMG report we originally received was an encrypted PowerPoint file which we could not access. We were subsequently given a KPMG report in PDF format.

Download all the reports as one zipped file (approximately 24 MB)

┌── 1. Bowmans
│   ├── PRASA CONOGON JK 16 JAN 2017.pdf
│   ├── PRASA JJ VACUUM JK 05.01.17.pdf
│   ├── PRASA NALEDI COACH JK 05.01.17.pdf
│   ├── PRASA NALEDI RAIL SHORT JK 05.01.17.pdf
│   ├── PRASA NANDISA MILISA JK 05.01.17.pdf
│   └── PRASA STEFANUTTI KZN JK 05.01.17.pdf
├── 2. Deloitte
│   ├── PRASA_Final Report_15 December 2016.pdf
│   └── PRASA Report Executive summary.pdf
├── 3. ENS
├── 4. Fundudzi
│   └── Exec_Summary_Final Report PRASA_Fundudzi_19'01'2016.pdf
├── 5. Gobodo
│   └── Consolidated summary report - 31 October 2016_eob.pdf
├── 6. JGL
│   ├── Executive Summary - NT PRASA - Final Report (JGL Forensic Services) - Copy.pdf
│   └── Last Consolidated PRASA Reports.pdf
├── 7. KPMG
│   └── kpmg.pdf
├── 8. Nexus
│   ├── EBCONT.pdf
│   ├── Findings and recommendations.pdf
│   ├── FOCUS.pdf
│   ├── INTENSE.pdf
│   ├── LENONG.pdf
│   ├── MOTSWAKO.pdf
│   ├── RESURGENT.pdf
│   ├── SA FENCE AND GATE.pdf
│   ├── SAP.pdf
│   ├── SNG.pdf
│   └── Tension Overhead Electrification.pdf
├── 9. PPM
│   ├── NAT30009 20161018 national treasury prasa report presentation part 1.pdf
│   └── NAT30009 20170123 final report executive summary.pdf
├── 10. Strategic Investigations
│   ├── RFP 008-2015 Final Report and Summary NT Prasa 30-9-2016.pdf
│   └── SIS Summary Presentation NT-PRASA 04-10-2016 RFP 008-2015.pdf
├── 11. PWC
│   └── Final Report National Treasury PRASA projects 28 Oct 2016.pdf
├── 12. Sekela Xabiso
├── 13. TGR
│   └── NT- PRASA Report.pdf
└── README.txt

When GroundUp published our first report on the Treasury investigations, former Metrorial CEO Lucky Montana had a meltdown on Twitter.

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