The Office of the Chief Justice (OCJ) is being grilled on social media over allegations against three of its former employees who allegedly helped draft a multi-million rand IT tender prior to their resignation.
The Sunday Times reported that former CFO Casper Coetzer, former spokesperson Nathi Mncube and former head of case management Yvonne van Niekerk were allegedly while organizing an IT R225 million tender for multinational media and technology organization Thomson Reuters. span>
The trio then stepped down and became local partnersof the successful bidder.
The OCJ issued a statement Sunday that said it was “gathering all relevant information related to the matter and seeking legal advice. In due course, the OCJ will update the public on the matter. We can reassure the public that government funds are safe in relation to this matter,” read a statement.
According to the Sunday Times report, the trio are expected to earn 30% of the goodwill or at least R67.5 million through subcontracting with her firm ZA Square Consulting.
Thompson Reuters and Mncube – speaking on behalf of themselves, Coetzer and Van Niekerk – denied wrongdoing.
The report caused shock and debate on social media.
“The Chief Justice’s Office says they are still investigating all the relevant information, and before they have it they already know the state money is safe – how did they that noted when they? are you just doing research?” asked one user.
Here’s what some had to say:
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