Montana mum on dismissal details

BY CHARL BOSCH - JULY 17, 2015

Former Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) CEO Lucky Montana, has described his dismissal from the rail operator as “hurtful” but not unexpected.

Addressing the media following his axing late yesterday, Montana stated that “something grossly unfair and unjust has happened”, and that the decision for him to step down was made while he was visiting his uncle in hospital.

“I had planned to give details about the history. I have no doubt that this decision remains unlawful. I am deeply hurt, “he said, before concluding without answering any questions.

In a statement yesterday, PRASA Chairperson Popo Molefe, said Montana’s firing had nothing to do with the purchase of the controversial R600-million Afro 4000 diesel locomotives, but that he failed to stick with an agreement not to sign tenders and made a series of allegations against board members.

“We considered those conditions [and the things] he was saying on all those public platforms that there is a breakdown in the relationship between him and the board,” Molefe said.

The rail operator was due to address Montana’s firing at a briefing earlier this morning, but abruptly cancelled, citing the statement as containing more than enough info.

 

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