The Star Late Edition

Montana on the offensive


FORMER Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) group chief executive Lucky Montana has denied allegation­s that R36 million in properties were purchased for him in exchange for lucrative contracts from the agency.

He told the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into Allegation­s of State Capture that he never used Prasa’s money to purchase the properties for himself either.

These allegation­s stemmed from testimonie­s and affidavits from a number of people, including state capture investigat­or Clint Oellerman.

Oellerman submitted evidence that Montana inappropri­ately awarded lucrative contracts to Siyangena Technologi­es that in turn purchased these properties for Montana.

Siyangena Technologi­es was found to have unlawfully won billions of rand in contracts to supply security infrastruc­ture to Prasa stations for the 2010 World Cup and subsequent contracts. These items included automated speed-stiles, informatio­n boards, CCTV, lights and communicat­ion systems, to a value of about R6 billion.

Oellerman reported that between August and October 2014 Montana was involved in arrangemen­ts for the purchase of three properties totalling in excess of R36m.

According to Oellerman’s investigat­ion, he reported that these properties were funded through arrangemen­ts made by businessma­n Riaan van der Walt, a director of Precise Trade and an attorney who acted for Siyangena Technologi­es.

Earlier in the day, the commission was adjourned to give Montana time

to submit his affidavit regarding his property portfolio. When he returned, Montana denied the allegation­s and stated that he only acquired four properties during his tenure at Prasa – two in Brooklyn, one in Pretoria and one in Parkhurst.

“It was said that I bought properties for R36m.

“I deal with it in this evidence,” he said.

Montana also claimed that his relationsh­ip with Van Der Walt was above board.

He said the purchase of the four properties at Prasa were not unlawful. While he admitted to being involved in the purchase and selling of the properties with Van der Walt, Montana said it was related to his business outside of Prasa which involved developing property.

Montana said the allegation­s about his properties were lies and it came from a “criminal gang”, whom he says he wants to expose during cross-examinatio­n.

He also challenged evidence leader, advocate Vas Soni, in his defence.

Montana said the acquisitio­n of his properties was being intentiona­lly misconstru­ed as illegal by Soni.

He even told Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo that the commission owed him an apology.

“You see, the commission owes me an apology, chair.

“I want to be here to be accountabl­e to the country.

“The commission should probe my dealings on anything including on my properties.”

 ?? | ITUMELENG ENGLISH African News Agency (ANA) ?? EX-PRASA boss Lucky Montana at the Zondo Commission of Inquiry into State Capture.
| ITUMELENG ENGLISH African News Agency (ANA) EX-PRASA boss Lucky Montana at the Zondo Commission of Inquiry into State Capture.

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