Transport Minister Dipuo Peters. (Photo: GCIS)

Transport Minister Dipuo Peters has spoken out against recent media reports which claim that the African National Congress (ANC) has links to the suppliers of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s (Prasa) Afro4000 locomotives.

Peters “calls upon those who allege that ANC benefited from the procurement of the Prasa locomotives to provide such proof to the ANC, law enforcement agencies and the courts of our country”, the department said in a statement.

Peters said that failure to “provide such proof, will declare these claims as malicious and a desperate attempt by those seeking to tarnish the reputation of the ANC as a revolutionary movement, its government and that of Prasa”.

The ANC responded to these claims and denied any knowledge of financial involvement. The party said it has its own “structures, processes and officially sanctioned personnel responsible for the overall financial wellness of the movement including its fundraising”.

Peters added that given the seriousness of this accusation, the department will consider its legal options and take action. This includes approaching courts to interdict reports which it referred to as “misleading”.

The department reiterated that those making such claims should provide their evidence to a court of law.