Madonsela delays PRASA report

BY CHARL BOSCH - JULY 23, 2015

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has announced a delay in the release of findings into maladministration claims at the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA), to allow for more representation. The report will now be presented on August 3rd.

Last week, the rail operator fired its CEO Lucky Montana, and suspended Head of Engineering Daniel Mthimkulu, after weekend newspaper reports found that its R600-million Afro 4000 diesel locomotives exceeded imposed height restrictions.

PRASA Chairperson Popo Molefe has however stated that Montana’s axing had been attributed to comments made about certain board members as well as his failure to stick with an agreement not to sign tenders, while Mthimkulu, who was involved in the designing of the locomotives, was placed on suspension after lying about his academic qualifications.

Over the weekend, CityPress reported that a meeting held the day before Montana’s firing, turned into shouting match between himself and Molefe after the signing of a tender. Board members then had to reportedly intervene after Montana become so annoyed that blows were nearly exchanged.

Speaking at a subsequent press briefing, Montana stated that his dismissal had been hurtful but not unexpected. He however declined to provide any further information before calling a halt to proceedings.

Hours before, a similar briefing by PRASA was cancelled after Acting Spokesperson and Group Strategy Officer, Sipho Sithole, informed journalists that statement send out the previous day, provided sufficient information.

The Sowetan has meanwhile learned that Molefe had opened a police docket at a Johannesburg police station after an apparent attempt on his life by two Mkhonto weSizwe military veterans.

“I received a report from a source who had sat in a meeting, that meeting reported to be of MKMVA, that my life was discussed. I am at a point where I had to report it, [and] where I have to take [my security] seriously,” he told radio station Power FM earlier today.

No comment has yet been made by the association on the claims.

 

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