Tshwane CCTV tender court bid dismissed

2011-05-17 21:48
Pretoria - The North Gauteng High Court on Tuesday dismissed an application by a losing bidder to set aside a City of Tshwane’s decision to award a R121m tender for a CCTV surveillance system to a more expensive rival.

In September, the court granted an interim interdict to stop installation of the city’s closed circuit television cameras, pending a review application by losing bidder Omega Risk Solutions.

This, after the city awarded the tender to Morubisi Technologies.

Omega claimed the decision to disqualify it was procedurally unfair, because misleading or false information had been placed before the decision-making body.

The company alleged it was disqualified because of the unauthorised or unwarranted dictates of the city’s protection services director, Steve Ngobeni, and that the city was biased in evaluating Omega’s bid.

Techno-Engineering, which was appointed as technical adviser to select four bidders, initially excluded Morubisi, but after Ngobeni expressed concerns, prepared another report.

Report 'doctored'

Omega claimed the contents of the report were "doctored" to disqualify it, although it was the cheapest, purportedly because it failed to include the maintenance costs for the existing cameras in its price.

The report recommended Morubisi as the preferred bidder and the tender was eventually awarded to the company in April last year.

Ngobeni did not deny persuading the technical adviser to include Morubisi, but expressed surprise over why it was now "vehemently supporting" Omega in its application.

The city submitted that the Techno-Engineering did not have clean hands when it disqualified Morubisi in its initial report and recommendations.

This was because of an e-mail in which Omega - before putting in its bid - sought advice from Techno about the required information and specifications for the tender.

Judge Legodi Phatudi said it was clear that Omega and Techno had communicated with each other in connection with the tender prior to the closing date.

"Based on that communiqué, I find Omega not having bid with clean hands. I further find Techno to have been a player and referee - at the same time - when preparing the initial report," the judge said.

"... I cannot find any bad faith in the role Ngobeni played in raising his concerns in the disqualification and exclusion of Morubisi in the [initial] report."
- SAPA
Read more on:    tenders
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
2 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/Motoring
 

Hottie of the day: Nicole Meyer!

Nicole is the cover girl for the 2014 edition of SA Swimsuit! Check out some smoking hot pics of here here.

 
 

Men24.com

11 things men don’t know about their clothes
Hilarious mortal kombat elevator prank!
This is how the Top Gear presenters spend their £55 million!
Thirty and still single? There’s hope!

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Save up to 60% on toys!

Don’t miss out on this hot offer, save up to 60% on toys. While stocks last. Shop now!

Festive gifts!

Check out our awesome range of festive gifts to make everyone’s wishes come true. Shop now!

Seen something you like in our catalogue?

Find the perfect gift and save up to R5000 – As seen on the catalogue. Hurry and shop now!

Save up to R2200 on electronics! – As seen in the catalogue

Wishing for tech gadgets this festive? Save up to R2100 on hot tech products at kalahari.com. While stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 35% off books

Save up to 35% on the latest page-turners. While stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

It may be hard to stay cool, calm and collected. Your emotions can get quite heated in the moment. You may benefit from finding a...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.