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Madonsela postpones Prasa media briefing

The media briefing Thuli Madonsela planned to hold on Thursday has been postponed to 3 August 2015.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has postponed the report of the investigation into the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa)'s axed group CEO Lucky Montana after a union requested the probe in 2012.

Madonsela was scheduled to hold a press conference on the matter on Thursday but has moved it to 3 August.

Her report was also based on the investigation into allegations of maladministration relating to financial mismanagement, tender irregularities and appointment irregularities against the Prasa.

In a statement released by her office on Wednesday afternoon, Madonsela said the decision to postpone comes after some of the implicated parties approached her requesting that she postpones the release of the report on the basis that they wished to make representations to her on issues that are central to the investigation.

Spokesperson Kgalalelo Masibi says the report will now be released in two weeks' time in the interest of fairness.

"Parties who have not had the opportunity to respond to the provisional findings have approached the public protector and asked her to afford them the opportunity to respond."

Last week, the public protector confirmed she concluded the investigation.

PRASA PARTS WAYS WITH GROUP CEO LUCKY MONTANA

The rail agency announced last week that its group CEO Lucky Montana was axed.

Montana was due to leave Transnet at the end of November.

Prasa said the current COO Nathi Khena would take over as the acting CEO while the board looked for a suitable replacement.

The locomotive company argued that its board resolved Montana would not be required to work the remainder of his notice period, which commenced on 1 June 2015.

Prasa Chairman Popo Molefe said this development had nothing to do with Montana's defence of a R600 million tender that led to the claims the locomotives he had bought were too tall for the country's railways.

He added the board made this decision because of Montana's behaviour.