Monday, 29 June 2020 17:52


Former Passenger Rail Association of SA (Prasa) chairperson Popo Molefe has accused the then ANC top six of failing to act against widespread corruption within the organisation.

Molefe revisited evidence he gave in March about a meeting with the ANC top six at the time to alert them to corruption going on at Prasa.

The top six then were Jacob Zuma as president, Cyril Ramaphosa as his deputy, Gwede Mantashe as the secretary-general, deputised by Jessie Duarte, Baleka Mbete as chairperson and Zweli Mkhize as treasurer-general.

Molefe said he tipped them off about corruption that had set in, allegedly under CEO Lucky Montana. They promised to get back to him but never did.

He said there were forces being mobilised against the board to get it to stop pursing its investigations against claims of corruption, including being misled by former CEO Lucky Montana on the scale of financial shortcomings at the agency.

Molefe also mentioned how former transport minister, Dipuo Peters, allegedly frustrated the appointment of a new Prasa CEO to replace Montana, who had been fired in July 2015 following a fallout with the board.

He said the board had gone through an elaborate process of recruiting for a new CEO, and the name of Lauriette Modipane was submitted to the minister. However, according to Molefe, Peters indicated that Prasa was "not ready" for a permanent leader.

There had also been backroom manoeuvres to have Montana return to his old job, including allegations that former President Jacob Zuma had tried to influence the board to reappoint him, said Molefe.

Prasa has not had a permanent CEO since Montana, and the agency is currently under administration.

Since the appointment of Bongisizwe Mpondo as administrator in December, several senior managers have been suspended as part of an effort to deal with corruption at the agency.

Watch:Popo Molefe gives testimony.

Courtesy of SABC.