DA tables corruption charge against ex-PRASA boss

BY CHARL BOSCH - AUGUST 27, 2015

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has officially opened a charge of corruption against axed Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) CEO, Lucky Montana.

Addressing the media outside Cape Town’s Central Police station shortly after opening the charge today, party leader Mmusi Maimane said Montana, who was fired last month for wide scale tender irregularities, used the rail parastatal’s account as his own “personal piggybank” while knowing his actions were against the law.

On Monday, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela indicated that remedial action needs to be taken against Montana following the release of her Derailed report, which implicated him in a number of maladministration cases while at the helm of PRASA. Montana has however labelled the findings as “baseless” and that he intends on taking the matter to court.

“Having studied the report of the Public Protector, the Democratic Alliance is of the considered view, that there is a prima facie criminal case that needs to be investigated, to which Mr. Montana must answer for in a court of law,” Maimane said.

“Like other state entities, PRASA is entrusted with billions of Rands, and it is therefore important that it is managed in line with regulatory framework in which it operates, and that those at the helm are of the highest calibre. Corruption steals opportunities form the people of South Africa, and all cases, however big or small must be taken seriously”.

 

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