'Prasa to scrutinise Public Protector's report'

Chair Popo Molefe will give a 'comprehensible response' after it has been tabled before the board.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Chairman of he Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa)'s board Popo Molefe won't be drawn on any potential action which could be taken against the company's former boss, Lucky Montana.

Yesterday, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela released her findings from a probe into the rail agency's affairs, showing widespread maladministration.

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

The report shows impropriety in the awarding of tenders at Prasa amounting to almost R3 billion.

Many of the findings involve Montana. He was found to have improperly suspended employees and terminated contracts of executives without following proper procedures.

Molefe said the findings still need to be scrutinised.

"I don't want to discuss any individual. We will discuss the report comprehensively, when it is tabled before the board and give a comprehensible response to it."


The Public Protector said she was surprised by Montana's response to her investigation, as he had seen the provisional report beforehand.

Montana said the report had factual inaccuracies and he wanted to approach a court to have the findings reviewed and set aside.

But Madonsela claims he was aware of some of the findings.

"I'm surprised that he is surprised, because my communication with him has all been in writing. He had sight of the provisional report. He came to read it in our offices and he requested that he should take the copy with, which he did."