Former Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) CEO, Lucky Montana, has regarded an investigation report released by Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela to be wrong.
The report, which was released in August last year came after Madonsela probed 37 complaints in prasa. The complains were related to improper awarding of tenders‚ the improper appointment or suspension of a number of individuals and financial wastage by Montana.
Speaking convincingly during a radio programme, Montana asserted that Madonsela “misdirected herself” when she made findings of misconduct at the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa).
He said: “I have this utmost respect for advocate Thuli Madonsela. Throughout the period‚ I have cooperated with her. I am convinced‚ having reviewed all documents‚ that she misdirected herself on this investigation.”
Lucky Montana Unhappy With Madonsela’s Report
Motana opined that he never awarded any of his friends contracts unduly.
He said: “There is no single buddy of Lucky Montana that was given tenders.”
The former CEO encouraged that National Treasury conducts investigations on Prasa tenders worth more than R10-million, as recommended by Madonsela.
Meanwhile, a review of the report is currently lodged in High Court in Pretoria. Though, Montana claimed not to know the extent of the review process, he disclosed that he handed in the report in September 2015.
He added: “I don’t know exactly. I have given my legal representatives a mandate to proceed to the next phase. She got it wrong. She erred in a big way. Let the court decide.”
Prior to Montana’s departure from Prasa in July 2015, he was slammed for buying locomotives worth billions of rand that were taller than the country’s railway tracks – which be damage electric cables.