Lucky Montana, ex-director of Prasa, calls on ANC for fueling the lies of the Zondo Commission

Through Kailene Pillay May 4, 2021

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Johannesburg – Lucky Montana, former chief executive of the South African Passenger Railways Agency (Prasa) group, called on his party, the ANC, for claiming to help the Zondo Commission, but instead fueling its lies.

Montana, who was testifying Monday before the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into the State Capture, explained how the party had “created the conditions for corruption.”

He also said he viewed President Cyril Ramaphosa’s testimony last week with disappointment, as he expected him to “think honestly”.

He said the ANC leadership claimed to support the commission but failed to help resolve the fundamental problem.

He alleged that the ANC used public funds through its relations with state-owned enterprises (SOE) to finance the party and its activities.

He called it “a way of life” for the ANC because it was a culture to seek funding from state-owned enterprises through connections.

“I was disappointed to hear what the ANC told you in this commission. Our president was here. And I thought the leaders of the country would honestly reflect on what had happened in the past.

“But for the ANC to claim that its conferences and events are not publicly funded, that is not true,” Montana told Judge Zondo on Monday.

Montana said he would attend meetings at the ANC headquarters at Luthuli House once a month and was often asked to help with party finances.

He alleged that the ANC would give him a list of suppliers that the party owed and say, “We think you have to help us in this way.”

Montana was responding to allegations the ANC received R80 million from Swifambo Rails – a company that won a R3.5 billion tender for the purchase of locomotives.

In the Swifambo deal, Prasa paid R2.6 billion from a R3.5 billion contract with Swifambo Rail, but only 13 of the 88 locomotives were delivered and they were too tall for the local infrastructure.

Previously, Montana had lambasted former head of the legal department, Martha Ngoye, when he told the Commission that she was “unruly and uncooperative” and that Ngoye had repeatedly challenged him to fire her.

Montana said that to him it seemed like another way for Ngoye to say that 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 simply fire people without discussing the issues and trying to find amicable solutions.

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