Lucky Montana: Popo Molefe a desperate man

During an interview on Tuesday, Prasa chairperson Popo Molefe claimed that Montana had received a salary hike when he was CEO using a fake letter.

FILE: Former Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) head Lucky Montana. Picture: Alexander Joe/AFP.

JOHANNESBURG – Former Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) CEO Lucky Montana says board chairperson Popo Molefe is bringing up old allegations because he's desperate and maintains he never fraudulently received a salary increase.

This week, acting CEO Collins Letsoalo was dismissed with immediate effect after claiming his R5.9 million salary had been approved by the board.

Molefe says this never happened.

He also made reference to an incident when Montana was CEO saying that he had obtained a salary increase after providing a fake letter of an offer he had been made and asked the rail agency to match it.

The relationship between Montana and Molefe has been tense since Montana's departure from Prasa in 2015, and it appears it remains tense almost two years down the line.

During an interview on Tuesday, Molefe claimed that Montana had received a salary hike when he was CEO using a fake letter.

“He said, ‘I’ve got an offer. I want you as the boss to match this offer’. But it was a fake letter from a fake company. It was a way of getting a better salary.”

But Montana says this is not true.

“I’ve got to laugh… I think Molefe is just desperate because I am the one who exposed that he took money.”

At the same time, Montana has accused Molefe and other executives of deliberately pushing Letsoalo out of Prasa.

(Edited by Tamsin Wort)