No clarity on Ndebele 'recall' claim

2016-05-25 20:21
(Genevieve Quintal, News24)

(Genevieve Quintal, News24)

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Cape Town - Further information was not immediately available on a claim in court papers that South Africa's High Commissioner to Australia, Sbu Ndebele, has been recalled.

The claim was contained in papers filed to the Constitutional Court regarding a long-running dispute between the Department of Transport and Tasima.

Tasima was the company the department had contracted to run eNatis, the country's vehicle licensing system. The dispute was over whether the contract should have been extended, which the department refuted. 

According to the papers, on 14 December last year, seven of nine people and entities accused were indicted in the High Court in Pretoria. They included MSRD, Brand Partners, and Sinosa Construction.

On December 15 2015, Ndebele, ''having been recalled from Canberra'' was indicted in Durban.

At the time the Mercury and Eye Witness News reported that Ndebele had appeared on charges of fraud, corruption, and money laundering for allegedly being part of the contract extension for an alleged payment of R10 million. 

Work for the 2010 Soccer World Cup was also allegedly involved.

Ndebele was appointed High Commissioner to Australia in May 2015. He was previously a minister of transport and a minister of correctional services.

His details still appear on the SA High Commission in Australia's website.

The spokesperson for the minister of foreign affairs was not immediately available to provide clarity.

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