No date given for Madonsela's Prasa report

The report apparently implicates former CEO Lucky Montana in several acts of maladministration.

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

JOHANNESBURG - The Public Protector's office has said no date has yet been set for the release of a report into operations at the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa).

The Sunday Times at the weekend reported it had received a leaked copy of the report, which implicated former CEO Lucky Montana in several acts of maladministration.

However, the rail agency said it's not received any notice on the report's release and is unable to comment on the matter.

The Public Protector's office said it would communicate at a later stage the new date for the release of its report into Prasa.

The Sunday Times said it was in possession of the report which will apparently reveal that Montana signed off on dodgy tenders and took rides on the blue train with female companions.

Madonsela's team looked into claims of maladministration relating to financial mismanagement, as well as tender and appointment irregularities.

Her report apparently reveals that Prasa paid rent for offices in Braamfontein for 20 months after it moved out and spent R3,8 million on firing three executives improperly.

Prasa spokesperson Sipho Sithole said, "The board has not been handed the report by the Public Protector, so we can only see what is being written by the Sunday Times. Until such time as that has happened, we really cannot comment."

Montana was axed last month after his relationship with the board turned sour.

Last month's findings of a report by the Auditor-General revealed improper expenditure of over R700 million at the parastatal.

Transport Minister Dipuo Peters has since called on Auditor-General Terence Nombembe to further investigate these irregularities.


Prasa, the South African Post Office, South African Airways (SAA) and Eskom are continuing to make news headlines about financial problems and boardroom upheavals.

Sithole said Prasa's board is dealing with and addressing all issues in order to become a 'model board'.

"The nation should be happy that this could become a model board for state-owned entities in South Africa. This is painful for Prasa. This is not the narrative we would like to see in the public space. There are other things that we have to deal with that keep on crippling us as we walk through this path."

Prasa has challenged other state-owned enterprises to follow its lead by dealing with issues crippling its service in the public eye.

The parastatal recons it's one of a few state-owned companies which addresses the problems head-on no matter how difficult it may be.

The rail agency said it won't hesitate to take criminal action against those found guilty of flouting procedure.

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