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Prasa’s Montana acted improperly

“Appropriate disciplinary action” should be taken – Madonsela
Lucky Montana

(Bloomberg) — Lucky Montana, the former chief executive officer of Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa, was found by the country’s watchdog to have acted improperly regarding the award of service contracts and treatment of some employees.

Montana incorrectly terminated cleaning contracts and inappropriately ended the services of executives among other misdemeanors, Public Prosecutor Thuli Madonsela said in a report distributed at a media briefing in Johannesburg on Monday. In addition, the state-owned company consistently failed to comply with its own supply-chain policy, she said.

Minister of Transport Dipuo Peters should ensure “appropriate disciplinary action” is taken against responsible officials, Madonsela said. She also urged the National Treasury to investigate all Prasacontracts valued at more than 10 million rand ($753,000) since 2012.

“Prasa will be studying the contents of this report over the coming few days and will, at the appropriate moment, communicate its views and related actions,” Nathi Khena, Prasa’s Acting CEO, said in an e-mailed statement.

Montana left Prasa last month. The agency is responsible for South Africa’s passenger rail services.

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