“Molefe tried blackmailing Mtimkulu into getting rid of me” - Montana

BY CHARL BOSCH - JULY 31, 2015

Former Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) CEO, Lucky Montana, has reportedly opened a series of criminal charges against his dismissal, including a charge of blackmail against Chairperson Popo Molefe, regarding the axing of Engineering Head Daniel Mtimkulu.

According to Eyewitness News (EWN), Montana, who was fired two weeks ago for contravening an agreement not to sign tenders and making comments about certain board members, indicated he had text messages showing Molefe had threatened Mtimkulu.

“[Molefe] summoned him to cooperate with him and he states clearly in those [texts] I gave to the media today that say: ‘I’ll make your situation worse if you don’t cooperate with me’. And he specifically says ‘I want you to help me nail Montana’… that’s what he says,” Montana was quoted as saying.

He has also payed tribute to Mtimkulu, who was dismissed earlier this week for lying about his academic qualifications, and has reportedly been ordered to pay back the money he received since being appointed in 2011.

“I think Daniel Mthimkhulu may not have the qualifications but the guy is a genius. If I was still at PRASA, I’d still take corrective action but in a different manner,” Montana said.

It has meanwhile been reported that the Department of Transport has given the rail provider approval for the testing of its controversial R600-million Afro 4000 diesel locomotives, after a “no objection” approval was awarded by the rail safety regulator.

“What this means that PRASA has the authority to proceed with the testing and commissioning phase for a period of six months. It is a normal process that they follow each time that new rail equipment is received,” Department spokesperson, Tiyani Rikhotso, told EWN.

 

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