Robert Gumede wins court case to continue police tender

Robert Gumede wins court case to continue police tender
TENDER WARS: North Gauteng High court rules in favour of Mpumalanga's prominent businessman Robert Gumede to continue with the 10111 tender. PICTURE by wikiglobals

He is feeding the organisation with a private telephone network.

Wealthy South African and politically connected prominent Mpumalanga businessman Robert Gumede has won a court case to continue maintaining the country’s police service’s private telephone network.

Judge Leonie Windell ruled that Gumede’s company deserves the multi-million rand tender after an Indian company challenged it in court.

The tender includes the 10111-crime reporting centre as well as the SAPS App and other services where the public is on-air reporting crime.

013NEWS has seen the court wrangle between the State Information Technology Agency (Sita) and Gumede’s Gijima company.

The state agency has gone to court to challenge a court ruling that In2IT ought not to have gotten the tender after Gumede rushed to court to challenge the processes that led to it being given to this Indian company.

In2IT has its headquarters in India and has a satellite branch in South Africa.

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Gumede had argued that In2IT didn’t follow proper processes when the SA government awarded it the work.

But In2IT appealed the judgement, asking the court to look at it fairly.

“Gijima and AVS are the only entities that satisfy the tender requirements,” the Judge said this week on Wednesday 9 February 2022 in a favour of Gumede when denying the state-owned agency appeal application.

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The matter was being heard at the Gauteng high court where both Gijima and In2IT initially went.

It was initially given to In2T but Gumede got angry at this.

The matter dates back to 2020 when Gijima challenged the police private telephone network maintenance and support system contract awarded to In2IT – In2IT charged R89-million while Gumede’s Gijima wanted R160-million to do the work.

(edited by ZK)

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