The Office of the Chief Justice is examining reports of irregularities in an IT tender. Three officials are alleged to have aided in preparing this tender.
The Office of the Chief Justice says it is investigating reports of irregularities in a R255-million IT tender. According to reports, the trio will benefit R70-million from the deal. These officials then submitted their resignations at the same time and became partners in their new business venture.
Chief financial officer Casper Coetzee, former spokesperson and chief director Nathi Mncube and former case management director Yvonne Van Niekerk quit their jobs last month after serving their last days on May 31. On June 1, they started work as local partners to a multinational media and technology organization Thomson Reuters, which had been awarded the tender.
A local company known as ZA Consulting was contracted by Thomson Reuters after they won the contract. The trios is now partners at ZA Square Consulting, where they are set to earn 30% of the value of the deal. It also emerged that ZA Square Consulting was registered on December 15, which was five days after the Office of the Chief Justice awarded the contract.
The office of the Chief Justice has said it is seeking legal advice. They can also confirm that this trio played a role in the process which led to the awarding of the contract. However, the trio say they have done nothing wrong, while the main contractor Thomson Reuters is putting the subcontract on hold while the investigation is underway.
Thomas Reuters spokesperson Dave Moran said ‘’we are looking into this matter with the utmost seriousness, and have launched a formal investigation to understand the facts’’
The Office of the Chief Justice has assured the public that state funds are safe.
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