Prasa's head of engineering lied about qualifications

Prasa confirmed Daniel Mtimkulu misrepresented his qualifications & will now face a disciplinary inquiry.

Prasa's head office next to Park Station at Umjantshi House on Wolmarans Street, Braamfontein. Picture: Google Earth.

JOHANNESBURG - Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) has confirmed its head of engineering lied about his qualifications and has been suspended with immediate effect.

Questions emerged a last week when the Beeld newspaper reported that Daniel Mtimkulu's claims that he had obtained a doctorate in engineering from a German university could not be verified.

The agency announced two days ago that it had released its CEO Lucky Montana from his contract several months early.

Prasa's Sipho Sithole says it has been confirmed that Mtimkulu misrepresented his qualifications and will now face a formal disciplinary inquiry.

"He could not present the qualifications he claims to have and that is what we have decided is that he has been suspended pending an inquiry."

Sithole says this is a wakeup call for companies to be vigilant during recruitment processes.

"We owe it to our people that when we bring in people for a particular job they must be checked against the qualifications they claim to have."

The rail agency says it will wrap up Mtimlkulu's hearing within the next week.


There's more confusion around Montana's departure from Prasa.

The axed group CEO postponed his personal briefing after promising to reveal why he believes he was asked to leave sooner than expected.

He still believes the decision taken by the board was unjust and unfair, but refused to take any questions.

LISTEN: Montana disappointed but expected dismissal.