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The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa)’s former chief executive officer, Lucky Montana, is scheduled to appear before the Eskom parliamentary inquiry into state capture this afternoon.

Last year, the deputy minister for Public Enterprises, Ben Martins, admitted to inviting Montana to meet with a Gupta brother to his home.

However, Montana countered the accusation claiming he was the only person to reject attempts by the Gupta family to meddle in Prasa.

Prasa is another state-owned parastatal, which is attracting attention around allegations of corruption. Read more: INTERVIEW: Energy expert Ted Blom on explosive energy week in SA [plus Audio]

 

Why was Montana implicated?

Martins claimed that the reason for Montana being at his home was that the former Prasa exec was concerned that the Guptas were attempting to replace him and the former Prasa Board chairperson, Sifiso Buthelezi.

The former Pras boss disputes this, saying that he was unaware of who would be present when Martins invited him to his home.

“I never knew nor met any Gupta until invited by Minister Martins to his Ministerial House in Pretoria,” stated Montana in a letter sent out via his Twitter profile.

Martins will also appear before the Eskom inquiry committee this week to present his version of the events. Read more: Top execs under fire at Eskom

 

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