Former Prasa boss wiped “sensitive data” from laptop and tablet: report

Former Passenger Rail Association of South Africa (Prasa) head, Lucky Montana allegedly asked an IT specialist to wipe his laptop thought to contain “sensitive” data relating to the rail company.

This is according to a report by the City Press, quoting IT technician Othusitse Mogolelwa, who was fired from Prasa in April. Mogolelwa submitted a signed affidavit making the claim.

He said that Montana had asked him to “clean” his laptop and tablet computer before the devices were to be handed to investigators looking into Prasa’s financial affairs.

Montana was fired from Prasa in July 2015 following a massive mess up at the company in which it purchased billions of rands worth of locomotives that were not suitable for South African rail lines.

Montana defended the purchases, as well as the group’s head engineer who made the initial assessments – who was later fired, as he was not a registered engineer at all.

Mogolelwa was described as Montana’s “go-to” IT guy, and was found by investigators to have various forensic tools at his disposal at the agency. A source said he could run his own “rogue intelligence unit” out of his office with all the tools.

According to a report by the Sunday Times, Montana has now also been linked to an alleged plot by the Gupta family and president Jacob Zuma’s son Duduzane to capture a R51 billion tender at Prasa.

The details of attempted capture of Prasa, are contained in a letter written Montana, in October 2012.

Montana said he “blasted” the Guptas and Duduzane Zuma’s proposal.

You can read the full story in the City Press for 19 June 2016.

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