Mon­tana blames NEC ‘big boys’ for his exit from Prasa

Saturday Star - - NEWS - SIYABONGA MKHWANAZI

FOR­MER Pas­sen­ger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) chief ex­ec­u­tive Lucky Mon­tana has vowed to take his fight over his al­leged links to the Gup­tas straight to the ANC’s door.

This, he said, was in re­tal­i­a­tion against some of the ANC na­tional ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee (NEC) mem­bers who, he claimed, fought him over his lead­er­ship of Prasa.

He has also threat­ened to re­veal more dirt on his com­rades for med­dling in the en­tity’s af­fairs.

In a se­ries of tweets yes­ter­day, Mon­tana said he was no longer fight­ing the Gup­tas but some mem­bers of the NEC.

“I re­signed from Prasa be­cause it was no longer the Gup­tas I was up against, but the big boys in the ANC NEC,” tweeted Mon­tana.

This week he ac­cused Deputy Min­is­ter of Pub­lic En­ter­prises Ben Martins of be­ing eco­nom­i­cal with the truth re­gard­ing the meet­ing he at- tended with the Gup­tas. This was af­ter Martins said Mon­tana had brought Tony Gupta to his min­is­te­rial house in Pretoria to dis­cuss Prasa mat­ters.

Mon­tana said in a sub­se­quent tweet that the ANC never al­lowed him to ex­plain.

“The ANC never asked me or Sfiso Buthelezi to ex­plain our­selves. It only called for swift ac­tion.”

Speak­ing to the Satur­day Star, Mon­tana stood by his tweets. How­ever, he said he would not name the NEC mem- bers now, but might do so at a later stage. “I said in light of what Ben Martins said (this week), the Gup­tas wanted me and Sfiso Buthelezi re­moved. I ten­dered my res­ig­na­tion be­cause I fought with the big boys in the NEC.”

At the time Buthelezi was chair­per­son of Prasa and later joined Par­lia­ment. He was ap­pointed deputy fi­nance min­is­ter in March. Martins said Gupta came to his home with Mon­tana, a claim the ex-Prasa head de­nied.

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