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Transnets awarding of IT services to T-systems was biased high court finds

Transnets awarding of IT services to T-systems was biased high court finds

Transnets awarding of IT services to T-systems was biased high court finds

 

Transnet’s board showed “bias” in its decision to appoint German multi-national company T-Systems, a R2.5 billion IT data services tender, the North Gauteng High Court found this week.

The state-owned enterprise (SOE) awarded the tender to T-Systems in March 2017, despite the company having come second to Gijima Holdings after the bidding process was concluded.

Gijima Holdings, owned by billionaire Robert Gumede, challenged Transnet’s board decision until former Transnet chief executive officer, Siyabonga Gama, realised that the board had made a mistake and applied to have the decision set aside so that the tender could be awarded to the deserving bidder, Gijima, who scored the highest points.

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