Portfolio Committee Picket

On Tuesday the 14th of November, activists from #UniteBehind protested outside the Taj Hotel where members of the Portfolio Committee for Transportation met on the allegations of state capture at PRASA. #UniteBehind rejects the notion that the extensive corruption through state capture at PRASA can still be labelled as allegations. Vast amounts of evidence have been put forward before courts and exists in documents such as the Public Protector’s report “Derailed”.

Around 50 protesters demanded that the Committee immediately begin an investigation into state capture and take the requisite action. At least R14 billion rand has been stolen through irregular tenders, including the Swifambo and Siyangena deals. Swifambo gave us locomotives that didn’t fit our tracks, whilst Siyangena has destroyed security at Metrorail whilst lining the pockets of Roy Moodley with R550 million. This is the same Roy Moodley who bankrolled the President for millions in the initial months of his Presidency. The corruption at PRASA has exacerbated the long-standing crisis at Metrorail to an untenable point. Commuters, mostly working-class African and Coloured workers, women, and learners, face daily systemic violence.

The activists also demanded that the plans for the Moloto Rail Corridor, a R57 billion deal with China to service just 40 000 commuters, be scrapped. #UniteBehind acknowledges that a transport solution for those commuters is urgent, but a secretive R57 billion deal with China is wholly inappropriate. The Committee must press the Minister to end this process now.

Finally, the call that President Zuma be arrested along with all the criminals in his network including the former PRASA board chairperson and current deputy Finance Minister Sfiso Buthelezi was continued.

Read more about the action here – http://bit.ly/2n55tdz