Education department in court over tender

2011-10-06 00:00

THE Education Department has been taken to court by a printing company over a tender of almost R9 million.

Art Stationers and Standard Printers CC have filed an urgent application against the Education Department and Process Litho C over the printing and distribution of ABET examination stationary and national senior certificate exams and national senior certificate supplementary examinations for the 2011, 2012 and 2013 exams.

Manager of the printing company Devraj Ramdutt said in his founding affidavit that his company was awarded the tender after due processes were followed — the tender was advertised and the awarding of the tender was published in the government gazette bulletin.

He said it was then brought to his attention that the department was using another company, despite his company being awarded the tender.

Ramdutt said he was telephoned by a person who identified himself as Muzi and claimed to be Process Litho’s owner, who asked to meet with him. Ramdutt refused.

Later Muzi arrived at Ramdutt’s office.

“He began to scream at me, confirmed that he was the owner of the second respondent and threatened that if I were to take away his work in respect of the tender that I would ‘live to regret that’,” Ramdutt said.

The company seeks a court interim order that interdicts the department from awarding the tender to any party other than the applicant.

Precious Badelile Zondi, a member of the HR Lithographic printers CC (trading as Process Litho CC) said in her answering affidavit that the application is not as urgent as the applicant claims.

She added that they had already leased equipment from the applicant to print the answer booklets.

Acting examination administrator of the department Nonhlanhla Mcambi said in his answering affidavit this matter is not urgent and the urgency is self created.

She said no contract was concluded with the applicant in this matter as the department did not issue a letter of acceptance to the applicant.

“Staff have already printed the required answer booklets.

“I point out that such answer booklets were printed from the equipment leased by the department from HR Lithographic Printers CC trading as Process Litho Nozala project and contraction joint venture”.

High court judge Yvonne Mbatha adjourned the matter until November 3.

• mlondi.radebe@witness.co.za

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