Prasa’s top engineer resigns

Mtimkulu was charged with gross dishonesty & fraudulent misrepresentation relating to his qualifications.

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JOHANNEBSURG - The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) has confirmed its head of engineering Daniel Mtimkulu has resigned without explaining why he hasn't been able to produce his academic qualifications.

Mtimkulu was charged with gross dishonesty and fraudulent misrepresentation relating to his qualifications.

He's failed to produce the engineering and PhD qualifications, which he's claimed to possess.

Prasa's Sipho Sithole says at this stage they have not accepted his resignation.

"He was due to appear in front of a formal disciplinary process where he was going to answer to those charges. We had already opened a criminal case of fraud on 24 July and we have now sought legal advice because we cannot just say we accept the resignation."


Two weeks ago, Prasa announced in a statement that Mthimkhulu had been suspended.

The rail agency said this followed an internal inquiry instituted by CEO Mosenngwa Mofi.

Mthimkhulu claimed he studied engineering at the University of the Witwatersrand before going on to study in Germany to get his doctorate.

Mofi then instituted the inquiry into Mthimkhulu's academic qualifications.

The engineering chief was been suspended with immediate effect.

Prasa said the suspension came as a result of the confirmation by the inquiry that he lacked the necessary qualifications.

The suspension came just a day after Prasa announced its group CEO Lucky Montana had been axed.

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