Trains not the reason for CEO’s axing - PRASA Chair

BY CHARL BOSCH - JULY 17, 2015

The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) has reportedly denied that the abrupt firing of its CEO, Lucky Montana, had anything to do with the controversy surrounding the R600-million Afro 4000 diesel locomotives.

In a statement released late yesterday afternoon, PRASA Chairperson Popo Molefe said Montana had launched a number of scathing attacks and board members previously, and that he also failed to stick with an agreement not to sign tenders while in office.

“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 was quoted by Eyewitness News as saying.

“The board concluded that if a man was leaving, why spend time with a man who says he can’t work with the board”.

Montana has however lashed out at PRASA for what he described as not telling the real truth to South Africans.

“I’ve expected this for quite a while. I think for a period of eight months we’ve been having a running battle with the board and the chairman of the board,” he said.

It was yesterday reported that Montana’s initial final day of employment was on Wednesday and that PRASA Chief Operations Officer (COO), Nathi Khena, would take over his duties for the time being.

Two separate press conferences from PRASA and Montana are expected to take place later today.

 

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