Freedom Front Plus calls for investigation into Mtimkulu’s qualifications

BY CHARL BOSCH - JULY 9, 2015

The Freedom Front Plus (FFP) has said that it plans on writing to the Public Service Commission (PSC) to investigate the validity of Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) Head of Engineering, Dr Daniel Mtimkulu’s academic qualifications.

In an article yesterday, Beeld reported that Mtimkulu, who had been involved with the designing of the R600-million Afro 4000 diesel locomotives, had his application as a member of the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) rejected six years ago, after failing to supply certain documents required when dealing with state related institutions.

It was further claimed that the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) had rejected claims that Mtimkulu studied and obtained an engineering degree as indicated on his CV, while doubt has also been cast about whether he received a PhD from an unmanned German university as claimed.

“Incompetent cadre-deployment is busy paralysing the public service and its branches and the tragic results can now be seen manifested in places such as Eskom and PRASA, where R600 million was possibly wasted on the purchase of faulty locomotives,” FFP Parliamentary leader, Anton Alberts, said in a statement.

“The falsifying of qualifications is a crime and is fast increasing hand in hand in South Africa. This has to be stopped”.

PRASA spokesperson, Moffet Mofokeng, has however stated that it is satisfied with Mtimkulu’s work and that it “is of no importance where he received his PhD from as we have his records”.

On Tuesday, various opposition parties lashed out at PRASA after a Sunday newspaper article found that the roofs of the Spanish made locomotives exceeded the minimum requirements by measuring 4 264 mm instead of the imposed 3 965 mm.

“By ordering trains that do not fit on our country’s train tracks, Prasa has acted recklessly and without proper and due consideration,” Democratic Alliance (DA) Shadow Minister for Transport Manny de Freitas said.

In a similar reaction, Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) National Spokesperson, Mbuyiseni Ndlozi, accused PRASA CEO Lucky Montana and Transport Minister Dipuo Peters of buying “defective locomotives which are not locally manufactured”, while Congress of the People (Cope) Spokesperson, Dennis Bloem, said the findings had left government with “egg on its face”.

“If these diesel locomotives are not suitable for the long distance routes Prasa wanted to use them on‚ what happens to the R600-million that Prasa already spent? Is this government and parastatals never going to get a single big contract right? We want the ministers to come before Parliament to account for yet another giant cock-up‚ if the allegations are true”.

 

IMAGE sourced from traveller24.com

 

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