Unaccountable 00023-24 Case File: PRASA
This is the repository for all the documents cited in the 23nd and 24th profiles of the Unaccountable series focussing on the corruption at state owned enterprise, PRASA.
Corruption has a direct impact on the lives of people in South Africa. The link between corruption and lived experience is nowhere more obvious than the erosion of passenger train services in South Africa. The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA’s) service has declined so dramatically over the last decade, the majority of working-class South Africans who once relied on the affordable service have had to turn towards more expensive modes of public transport. The recent National Household Travel Survey (NHTS) estimated that 80% of train users – about 550,000 people – have abandoned their use of rail since 2013. At the root of this decline is a series of exorbitantly expensive and corrupt contracts that siphoned billions of Rands out of the SOE into the hands of politicians and businessmen between 2009-2015.