The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) is investigating how 3,000 unverified employees got onto its payroll.
This is according to transport minister Fikile Mbalula, who announced on Tuesday morning that Prasa had initiated Operation Ziveze to physically verify employees.
He said the unverified employees' salaries had been frozen.
“Since the freezing of salaries, more employees from those previously not verified came forward. A forensic investigation is under way,” he said.
He said action would be taken once the investigation was concluded.
“Operation Ziveze — headcount — must be completed and identified ghost workers must be terminated from the payroll, and culpable officials disciplined.”