Hawks on Tuesday conducted a search and seizure in the premises of the former Office of the Chief Justice (OCJ).
The search and seizure operation was carried out in light of officials accused of profiting from a R225-million IT contract, Captain Lloyd Ramowa said.
He said: “This morning the Hawks’ Major Corruption Investigation Team visited the premises of the three individuals involved in Pretoria and Kempton Park respectively at the same time.”
At the heart of the investigation, Ramowa said, were allegations that the trio reportedly rigged a profit from a 225 million rand IT contract with a multimedia and technology company.
“The contract in question relates to the national roll-out of a digital electronic case management and adjudication system that has been initiated in the High Courts in Johannesburg and Pretoria to enable virtual hearings.
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“The troika, which includes a former finance director, a former spokesperson and a former chief affairs officer, are said to have been instrumental in creating the six-year contract that began during the Covid-19 pandemic. After the contract was awarded, they resigned and became directors of ZA Square Consulting, which subcontracted to the main service provider. It is reported that they could have received about 67 million rand from this deal.”
Romowga said the OCJ reported the Hawks case — hence the search-and-seizure operation to obtain documentary and electronic evidence. The preferred charge would be fraud, corruption in terms of the Prevention and Control of Corruption Act and breach of the Cybercrime Act. No arrests have been made while the investigation is ongoing.