Johannesburg – Lucky Montana, former chief executive of the South African Passenger Railway Agency (Prasa) group, criticized the agency’s former legal director, Martha Ngoye.
In his testimony before the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into the State Capture Allegations on Monday, he addressed Ngoye’s dismissal letter dated May 21, 2015.
Montana told the commission that Ngoye was “unruly and uncooperative” and that she had repeatedly challenged him to fire her.
Montana said it seemed Ngoye was telling him she wasn’t ready to work with him.
Montana defended himself by telling the commission that he was not the type of person who would just fire people without discussing the issue and trying to find an amicable solution.
Lawyer Vas Soni, leader of the evidence, said Ngoye reported an “unfortunate” phone conversation with Montana.
Montana previously told the commission that Ngoye was trying to tie him to irregular contracts and maladministration within the parastatal.
Ngoye and the group’s chief legal officer, Fani Dingiswayo, have previously claimed to have attempted to prevent irregularities, maladministration and alleged corruption under Montana watch, but this led to his firing them in 2015.
Montana said Ngoye wanted to be seen as a fight against corruption, but she allowed big companies to take advantage of Prasa.
He will continue to testify after the lunch adjournment and will deal with the Swifambo agreement.
He had previously told the commission that Ngoye would have to report on this corrupt deal because she was a member of the bid evaluation committee that recommended the company for board approval, not him alone.
In the Swifambo deal, Prasa paid 2.6 billion rand from a 3.5 billion rand contract with Swifambo Rail, but only 13 of the 88 locomotives were delivered and they were too high for the local infrastructure. .