PRASA wants Mtimkulu to pay back the money

BY CHARL BOSCH - JULY 28, 2015

The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) reportedly wants its axed Head of Engineering, Daniel Mtimkulu, to pay back the money he received since being appointed to the position in 2011.

According to The Times, Acting PRASA Spokesperson and Chief Strategy Officer, Sipho Sithole, said the rail operator would take legal actions against Mtimkulu, who was fired yesterday for lying about his academic qualifications.

“The charges relate to him fraudulently misrepresenting his qualifications, which means all [remuneration] he received arising from a job he got based on those false qualifications was not due to him. He didn't have the right to enjoy all those benefits,” Sithole was quoted as saying.

Mtimkulu, who been involved in the design of the controversial R600-million Afro 4000 diesel locomotives, was suspended two weeks ago after reports found that his application as a members of the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA), had been rejected in 2006, and that no verification could be found of him obtaining a PhD or degree in engineering as claimed on his CV.

Eyewitness News has meanwhile reported that former PRASA CEO Lucky Montana, who was fired a day before Mtimkulu’s suspension, had praised his ex-colleague as having done “amazing work despite not having the qualifications”.

 

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