Montana: Madonsela's report is false & baseless

The axed Prasa CEO says he has evidence that shows most of the allegations against him are false.

FILE. Former Prasa group CEO Lucky Montana. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa)'s former CEO Lucky Montana has defiantly claimed that Public Protector Thuli Madonsela may not have the last word on how the parastatal was run on his watch.

On Monday, the Public Protector released her findings into widespread maladministration and impropriety in the awarding of tenders at the rail agency.

She's recommended that the Prasa board takes cognizance of her findings of maladministration and the conduct of the former CEO, who was implicated in many of the transactions.

But this morning, Montana said he plans to ask a court to review Madonsela's findings.

"Those who made the allegations, I think, couldn't even substantiate those allegations and I've put in evidence on behalf of Prasa that shows most of these allegations were false and baseless."

He said, "The Public Protector, remember, is not a judge. I am going to take this matter to a court of law."

LISTEN: Ex Prasa CEO Lucky Montana says he doesn't agree with Madonsela findings.

Meanwhile, the Public Protector says although not all documents were provided to her in order to investigate allegations against Prasa, all unanswered questions will be deferred to a second report.

Madonsela has called for a forensic investigation by National Treasury into all Prasa contracts above R10 million from 2012.

Several communication, security and media tenders were found to be awarded irregularly and the Public Protector believes there's been wasteful expenditure.

She says a second report will be released containing findings from seven complaints and inconclusive findings from this report.

LISTEN: EWN _reporter Gia Nicolaides gives 702'S Xolani Gwala an update after the Public Protector revealed the findings of an investigation into Prasa. _

At the same time, Transport Minister Dipuo Peters says she will be considering the report along with the rail agency's board.

Her spokesperson Ishmael Mnisi says the report will be studied and considered.

"At face value, we believe that there are several areas of grave concern that the board of Prasa needs to attend to urgently. The board of Prasa has a constitutional obligation to ensure that the management of state resources are ensured."

To read excerpts of Madonsela's report _ click here_.