A report in the Sunday Times reveals that former Prasa CEO Lucky Montana received an R11 million mansion in a leafy suburb in Pretoria in an allegedly corrupt deal arising from the 2010 World Cup.
The paper cited claims made by Popo Molefe, chairman of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa, in court papers filed in the High Court in Pretoria in an action against Siyangena Technologies, which obtained a R3.9 billion Prasa tender in 2009-10.
Molefe wants the court to set aside the contract awarded to Mario Ferreira, the owner of soccer club Vasco da Gama and Siyangena Technologies.
Court papers show that Molefe has argued that Siyangena was unlawfully awarded the tender to install high-speed passenger gates, CCTV cameras and other security related material.
“Investigations … revealed that Mr Lucky Montana has corruptly benefited from his relationship with individuals and entities associated with the first respondent [Siyangena Technologies]. Seven additional stations were upgraded by the first respondent upon the authorisation [by] Mr Montana, utilising the pretext of the urgency resulting from hosting the Fifa World Cup,” Molefe said in his affidavit.
Montana rejects the allegations, calling the probe illegal and ‘a waste of taxpayers’ money.
Ferreira and Adriaan van der Walt, a co-director at a different company, have threatened to take legal action if Molefe’s allegations are published.
The mansion boasts seven en-suite bedrooms, three servants’ quarters, an entertainment area, a swimming pool, three lounges and a dining room.
The former owner of the house said that Montana approached her in August 2014 and signed a contract stipulating a R3.5 million non-refundable deposit.
Following several legal letters, the remaining R7.5 million was eventually paid by Van der Walt, whom the former owner believed was Montana’s attorney.
The Hawks have confirmed that they are investigating fraud and corruption charges.
Read the full article in the Sunday Times – 7 February edition.