Lead PRASA engineer resigns over qualifications saga

BY CHARL BOSCH - JULY 27, 2015

The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) has reportedly confirmed that its Head of Engineering, Daniel Mtimkulu, handed in his resignation on Monday amidst the ongoing saga surrounding the controversial R600-million Afro 4000 diesel locomotives.

“As part of Prasa’s governance protocols‚ a criminal case of fraud was opened against Mr Mtimkulu citing the misrepresentation of his qualifications,” The Times quoted the rail operator as saying in a statement.

Mtimkulu, who had been involved in the designing of the Spanish built locos, was placed on suspension last week after lying about his academic qualifications.

In a series of reports by Rapport and Beeld earlier this month, it was discovered that his application as a member of the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) had been rejected in 2006 due to inadequate qualification requirements, while the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) could find no indication that he studied to or obtained a degree in engineering as claimed on his CV.

A further claim that he received his PhD from a German university also turned up no results.

 

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