Former Prasa boss Lucky Montana says he was the one who stopped the Gupta family and former president Jacob Zuma's son Duduzane from manipulating the company's rolling stock programme.
Montana was testifying at the Zondo commission of inquiry into state capture on Friday.
“The Guptas tried to manipulate our rolling stock programme and I stopped them. I fought with them,” said Montana.
He added that he did not stop the Guptas because of their association with Zuma. It was their attempt to “do illegal things” that convinced him he had to act.
Montana said the Guptas were hopeful that their proximity to Zuma would earn them favours but he refused to protect the then-president.
“I said you cannot extort money in our names. I said you cannot tell people outside the country that you are working for us [Prasa] and you are working for President Zuma,” said Montana.