The United National Transport Union (UNTU) is very disturbed and concerned about the serious allegations involving the billions that is being made against Transnet and the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) in the so called leaked Gupta e-mails.

UNTU would like for the newly appointed acting Commissioner of the South African Police Service (SAPS), to instruct the Hawks to investigate the auditing of these e-mails as a matter of national importance.

The Hawks is already busy with an in-depth investigation into the affairs of Prasa.

“If there is any truth behind these allegations, UNTU would like for those responsible to be brought before the Court so that justice can prevail,” says John Pereira, Acting General Secretary of UNTU.

According to Pereira, both Prasa and Transnet are struggling due to the global and local decline in demand for its services and this has had a severe impact on the employees of both state-owned enterprises.

Prasa says they do not have the money to honour a collective agreement that was entered within the Labour court last year. UNTU was forced to approach the Labour Court in Johannesburg to ask the court to order Prasa to implement the 19 disputes.

“Transnet just underwent a voluntary severance package (VSP) process because it needs to save R4 billion on its wage bill over the next three years.

“If these e-mails are true, it will be the poorest of the poor workers from both companies that will be affected the worst by the alleged fraud and corruption,” says Pereira.

For more information contact John Pereira on 079 501 6883

Issued on behalf of UNTU by Sonja Carstens, Media and Liaison Officer. For UNTU Press Statements contact 082 463 6806 or e-mail

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