Thapelo Lekabe
Digital Journalist
2 minute read
1 Feb 2018
12:35 pm

Montana vs Vavi: ‘He asked me to employ two of his cousins at Prasa’

Thapelo Lekabe

The gloves are off between former Prasa CEO Lucky Montana and veteran trade unionist Zwelinzima Vavi.

Lucky Montana. Picture: Christine Vermooten

The drama started when Vavi took to Twitter on Wednesday and posted a video of an interview Montana had with ANN7 in 2016, in which he defended the Guptas and said he didn’t believe in “the notion of state capture and it does not exist”.

On Tuesday, Montana sang a totally different tune during his appearance before the parliamentary inquiry into state-owned enterprises, which was in stark contrast to his ANN7 interview.

He dropped a bombshell at the inquiry and alleged that – among other damning claims – the Guptas tried to dissolve the Prasa board in September 2012 and that former ANC treasurer-general Zweli Mkhize attempted to bribe him into paying 10% of the R465 million that was due to Swifambo Rail Leasing.

In a series of tweets on Thursday morning, Montana accused Vavi of having short-term memory and being a “political opportunist”. He tweeted: “In 2012, I personally briefed him [Vavi] at his house about the Guptas and their criminal conduct. Exactly what I said in my testimony in 2018 [Tuesday].”

However, what was most shocking were Montana’s claims that at the end of their meeting, Vavi asked him to “employ two of his cousins who were in the rural areas”.

Vavi hit back at the former Prasa CEO and challenged him to explain why he changed his tune during the ANN7 interview. He accused him of being “desperate to get even” with him by claiming that he wanted Montana to give jobs to his relatives.

Watch a clip of Montana’s interview with ANN7 below:

Montana also sought to clarify his views on state capture:

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