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‘Montana should consider the report before going to court’

Former Prasa CEO Lucky Montana says he wants to have the findings by the public protector set aside in court.

FILE: Public Protector Thuli Madonsela. Picture: Kgothaso Mogale/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Public Protector Thuli Madonsela says the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa's (Prasa) former group CEO Lucky Montana should carefully consider her report before taking the matter to court.

She released her findings into the rail agency yesterday, showing widespread maladministration and impropriety in awarding tenders.

Montana says he's disappointed with the report and wants to take the matter to court to have the findings set aside.

Madonsela says Montana has seen the provisional report.

"I'm surprised that he is surprised. He is aware that he did not get some of the documents he did not give us some of the documents we requested. He had sight of the provisional report, he came to read it at our offices."

LISTEN: Montana 'surprised' by Madonsela's Prasa report

Meanwhile, the African National Congress (ANC) statement on the public protector's Prasa report has once again raised questions about how the ruling party views Madonsela's work and powers.

In its statement, the ANC calls Madonsela's findings "allegations that need to be verified".

The ruling party's Keith Khoza said, "Anything that is yet to be tested in the court of law, remains allegations until the court can confirm what you put forward as your own finding."

Madonsela says she has never claimed to be a judge, but her role is clear.

"I have authority from the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa to make a determination of right and wrong."

Constitutional law expert Pierre de Vos says the public protector is required to make factual findings.

"These are not allegations, they are actual findings. The public protector does two things: she makes factual findings and then she imposes remedial action."

The Supreme Court of Appeal is soon to hear a case that might provide more certainty on the powers of the public protector.

To read excerpts of Madonsela's report click here.