Former Prasa CEO Lucky Montana has been in the headlines constantly, surrounded by controversy during his time at the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa).
He joins Redi Tlhabi to answer the allegations and pronouncements made against him.
Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela, released a report in October last year entitled 'Derailed'. She made pronouncements implicating Montana in tender irregularities and maladministration.
Now Montana says he will take the Public Protector to court to prove his innocence.
I don't think there is any case against me, other than the allegations that are being made.— Lucky Montana, former Prasa CEO
I've given a mandate to my instructing attorneys and senior council to file the papers to proceed...I have the right to go to the Appeal Court, or even the Constitutional Court.— Lucky Montana, former Prasa CEO
Madonsela recommended that disciplinary action be taken against Montana, and he then accused her of bias.
She rubbished the former CEO's claims that her investigation was biased and said he was using delaying tactics to stall the implementation of proposed remedial action.
Montana told Tlhabi that he has the utmost respect for Madonsela and cooperated fully with her investigation.
After studying the some 3000 pages of the investigation report I am even more convinced she has misdirected herself. She did things she was not supposed to do.— Lucky Montana, former Prasa CEO
One example he says, is Madonsela may not review judicial matters that are before the court.
Montana also said that he never had the authority to approve tenders and deals he is being accused of being involved in.
All the contracts the Public protector talks about, are contracts of billions of rands and I don't have the authority to aprove a contract of over a billion rand...only up to R100 million.— Lucky Montana, former Prasa CEO
I spoke of the massive factual inaccuracies in the report.— Lucky Montana, former Prasa CEO
Montana denies the claim that he spent R170 000 of Prasa money on a Blue Train trip with ten women. he says those photographs posted by the women on social media came about because they happened to see him on the train and asked to take photos with him.
They asked to take pictures with me, and the rest is history.— Lucky Montana, former Prasa CEO
Investigative journalist Pieter Louis Mybergh, joined Redi Tlhabi on the line to talk about the Spanish locomotives Prasa bought under Montana, which do not fit the specs of South African railways and are very dangerous.
Montana denied all Mybergh's accusations.
Listen to the entire conversation below:
During the interview with redi Tlhabi, , Twitter made it's views about Lucky Montana's explanations clear.
"You know @RediTlhabi, SA is like we survive on the Guptas. Everybody gets excited!"😂😩Lucky Montana takes the cup. Hlaudi is an amateur.— Bra Boo’ (@TumiLeburu) July 12, 2016
lts safe to say Lucky Montana is Mr Deny Everything @RediTlhabi— Sbusiso (@sbulah07) July 12, 2016