Montana, who served as Prasa CEO from 2010 until he was pushed out in 2015, has written to the commission indicating his interest in lifting a lid on fraud and corruption allegations at the embattled passenger rail entity.
Under Montana, Prasa was engulfed in a slew of controversies relating to mismanagement of funds, including the R265 billion purchase of Spanish trains which were later found to be unsuitable for South African rails.
Montana said he would address various controversies around himself and Prasa, including exposing those at the centre of the company’s demise. He would also reveal fraud and corruption in Prasa’s procurement of goods and services, and the alleged hand of the ANC and its leaders in the malfeasance.
“My various submissions will show, inter alia, that the reversal of the gains made in our passenger rail sector and ultimately the demise of Prasa over the past four years is directly linked to a major battle for control of Prasa’s Rolling Stock Fleet Renewal Programme to the tune of R53 billion but that could exceed R60 billion by the end of the Gibela contract," he said. Gibela is the company tasked with spearheading the revitalisation of rail transport in South Africa's metros.