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17 Jul 2015
2:00 pm

Prasa executives must face the law

It has become a norm in this country by those accused of impropriety to play the race card.

FILE PICTURE: Lucky Montana, the former CEO of PRASA (Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa) speaks on 6 July 2015 at a media briefing regarding a "grossly misleading" article published in Rapport over the weekend. Picture: Christine Vermooten

One of those is the former chief executive of the state-run Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) Lucky Montana who was axed yesterday.

His sacking came at a time when the media has been reporting on Prasa’s R51 billion tender for new passenger coaches that allegedly did not conform to SA rail line standards.

When confronted with questions regarding apparent lack of due process in the awarding of contracts, Montana played the victim and pointed a finger at “vested interests campaigning to make blacks look incompetent and corrupt”.

There has been a trend lately of giving golden handshakes to bureaucrats accused of impropriety instead of expelling them from their lucrative positions. We hope the authorities will take a different approach and investigate alleged blatant waste of taxpayers’ money by Prasa executives.

Those found guilty must not, as per our bizarre tradition, be rewarded with millions or deployment to government or other state-owned entities. They must face the full might of the law.