- Former PRASA CEO executive Lucky Montana has said some strong words to Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo
- The corruption accused Montana is said to have used PRASA funds to purchased property worth R50 million
- In a scathing letter, Montana has told Zondo that he is not God
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Former Passenger Rail Agency South Africa (PRASA) CEO executive Lucky Montana has lashed out at Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, accusing him of lacking a sense of "fairness and commitment to justice" in his chairing of the State Capture Inquiry.
The commission is investigating Montana’s multi-million-rand property purchase and whether he used PRASA money to fund his purchases.
The two properties are said to be worth R25 million. Montana has disputed the allegations.
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IOL reported that Montana has written a strongly-worded letter to Justice Zondo and has also included Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng in the correspondence.
"Under your watch, this commission is turning into a farce and is not dignified because you seem to be impervious to the truth," said Montana in the letter.
Jacarandafm reported that Montana said he would return to the Zondo Commission in September after mourning the death of his mother.
The State Capture Inquiry has heard details about the suspicious property purchases allegedly by Montana, through a shell company.
The former CEO executive said he has been involved in various property deals since 1998 and has not used any PRASA funds for his properties.
Witnesses have testified that Montana ruled PRASA with an iron fist and would retaliate against staff members who questioned the legality of tender contracts. Montana was in charge of the state-owned enterprise from 2010 to 2015.
Montana has questioned Justice Zondo's legal standing for remarks he made while former PRASA board chairperson Popo Molefe was testifying.
Justice Zondo had expressed his shock at the ANC, Parliament and the Hawks' lack of action on Molefe's warnings of corruption at PRASA.
Montana has accused Zondo of making unfounded comments which reflect a person who is not willing to hear the truth. He added:
"We respect you deputy chief justice and your office, and as an African elder. However, chairing this vitally important commission does not make you God."
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