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Public Protector's Prasa probe casts dark cloud over axed CEO

It’s claimed Lucky Montana signed off on dodgy tenders & took joyrides on the blue train.

FILE. Former Prasa group CEO Lucky Montana. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - It's now emerged that Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's three-year probe into the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa will reveal that the parastatal's axed CEO Lucky Montana signed off on dodgy tenders and took joyrides on the blue train with female companions.

Madonsela is expected to release her report this week but the Sunday Times this morning claimed it's already seen the damning document.

Montana was dismissed before his contract came to an end because his relationship with the board soured.

The Sunday Times said the Public Protector's will include explosive irregularities at Prasa.

The newspaper said, among other things, Madonsela found that Montana signed off on dubious tenders worth billions of rand without following policy.

It said he also wasted almost R4 million by paying off executives who were fired improperly and that the rail agency paid rent for offices in Braamfontein for twenty months after it had moved out.

The Public Protector was expected to release the report last month but postponed this, saying the implicated parties wished to make presentations to her first.