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prasaThe Star reports that a last-gasp court bid by the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) contesting that it owed R22-million to a service provider staved off the sheriff from attaching the assets of the agency.  

On Friday at Umjantshi House, Prasa’s offices in the Johannesburg CBD, the sheriff arrived to execute a warrant of attachment to seize the entity's assets following the parastatal losing an appeal application at the South Gauteng High Court on Wednesday.  The sheriff arrived moments before Prasa was set to hold a media briefing to deny that its assets, including trains, would be attached as had been indicated in a newspaper report on Thursday.  It then emerged that the state-owned entity had filed papers in the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) on Thursday to halt the seizure of its assets.  This related to roughly R22m owed to Mbita Consulting, whereby R1m was payable immediately according to a September court order, after the service provider was awarded a default judgment in July.  The R22m was for the cleaning services that Mbita provided for more than two dozen Prasa-owned train stations from November 2012 to July 2017.  Prasa’s head of legal Benedict Khumalo denied on Friday that the state-owned entity owed Mbita R22m in unpaid invoices.  He indicated that Prasa had filed the necessary papers for the rescission of the July default judgment against Prasa.  That matter will be heard in March.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Khaya Koko at The Star

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