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prasaANA reports that Collins Letsoalo, former acting chief of the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa), said on Monday that his dismissal was due to "a web of corruption and looters" he had unearthed at the agency and not over an alleged massive salary increase.  

At a media briefing, Letsoalo said that in his brief spell at Prasa he had unearthed what he termed "blame Lucky Montana and the previous board syndrome", which saw him quickly making enemies.  Montana was Letsoalo's predecessor and was blamed for many of Prasa's troubles.  Letsoalo said this "syndrome" - which included high absenteeism, collapse of the engineering function, lack of job or performance contracts and rampant sexual harassment - had engulfed the organisation from the board all the way to the tea lady.  Letsoalo was booted out of Prasa in February 2017 following allegations that he had irregularly awarded himself a 350% pay increase in October 2016 when he was seconded from the Department of Transport.  The increase took his salary from R1.3m a year to R5.9m.  Letsoalo denied allegations that he had increased his salary, and instead placed the blame on the agency's board.  On Sunday, the Sunday Times issued a retraction of its story "Pay it back, AG tells Prasa's 350% boss" and apologised to Letsoalo.  This came after Letsoalo took the paper to the press ombudsman for reporting in June that the Auditor-General had recommended that he should repay the money he awarded himself by allegedly hiking his salary 350%.  The ombudsman ruled in favour of Letsoalo.


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