Masutha- Firm linked to BOSASA still in control of security at courts

Masutha- Firm linked to BOSASA still in control of security at courts

Justice Minister Michael Masutha has confirmed that a BOSASA-linked technology firm continues to provide services at several courts in the country. This comes due to the department failing to put a new contract in place when the current one had expired in September 2018.

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Sondolo IT, a BOSASA-linked technology firm, continues to provide security to numerous court buildings in South Africa after their contract lapsed with the department of justice.

This news comes as Justice Minister Michael Masutha addressed concerns over continued dealings with the infamous company and the state.

Masutha explained that the company had been contracted to provide CCTV and access control systems at courts and the department's head office in 2008. The contract had been extended in September 2015. The total value of the contract was reportedly worth R942 million. When the contract had come to an end in 2018, department officials had failed to put a new one in place.

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According to IOL, Masutha had explained how tender documents had not been completed in time to procure a new supplier and Sondolo IT had been allowed to render services on a month to month basis:

"Following the delays in the finalisation of this process, considering the critical nature of the service the department was left with no option but to keep the services of Sondolo IT pending the appointment of a new service provider on a quotation service."

However, the minister is adamant that the process to appoint a new service provider will be completed soon.

Briefly.co.za reported yesterday that the minister had announced the state's intention to severe ties with BOSASA, after the company had been implicated in illicit activities such as corruption and money laundering.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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