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Prasa report: Madonsela allows for more representations

Thuli Madonsela was expected to release the report today but postponed it to next month.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Public Protector Thuli Madonsela will allow parties to make further representations before releasing her report into Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa).

Madonsela was expected to release the report today but she has postponed this to next month.

She has been tasked with investigating allegations of maladministration relating to financial mismanagement tender and appointment irregularities.

Questions have been raised as to why Lucky Montana was told to leave Prasa even though he had agreed to continue as CEO until the end of his notice towards end of the year.

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.

Engineering head, Daniel Mthimkhulu, was also suspended for not having the right qualifications for his post, and, contract relating to new trains have also raised concerns in recent weeks.

Today a 500-page report into Prasa was expected to be released but late yesterday afternoon the Public Protector's office released a statement, saying some of the implicated parties wish to make representations to Madonsela on issues that are central to the investigation.

In the interest of fairness, the Public Protector will only release the report at the beginning of next month.