On Friday, former Acting CEO of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa), Mthuthuzeli Swartz, appeared before the Port Elizabeth Specialised Commercial Crimes court to answer to his alleged involvement in the dodgy sale of the Eastern Cape’s railway line.
Who is Mthuthuzeli Swartz?
Swartz is currently embroiled in one the most audacious heists we’ve ever come across, but he is not alone. Cape Town businessman, Syed Nadhir Mohiudeen, is also accused of defrauding a company called Akisisa — owned by Adrian Samuels and his cousin Cedric — of R1.5-million.
According to the draft charge sheet that was recently shared by the Daily Maverick, Swartz played a crucial role in convincing the owners of Akisisa that the 42 kilometres of the railway line that ran between Sterkstroom and Maclear was theirs to sell.
Swartz was appointed as the Acting CEO of Prasa in 2018, much to the disapproval of UniteBehind (a civil society coalition), who criticised the railway authority of placing a man that, at the time, was under investigation for corruption and money laundering.
Swartz rose through the ranks of Prasa for many years before he was given the highest, most coveted seat, in the state-owned parastatal.
Before his Acting CEO role, Swartz served as the Western Cape’s Regional Manager and was also the Executive Manager for Mainline Passenger Services.
How Swartz, Mohiudeen allegedly stole Eastern Cape’s railway line
Based on the information brought against Swartz and Mohiudeen by the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), the two were instrumental in ripping Akisisa owners of