eNatis contractor: No penalties

2007-06-11 22:15

Cape Town - The Department of Transport says no penalties will be imposed on the Tasima consortium for the late delivery of the flawed eNatis system, which plunged the country's traffic system into chaos.

Responding to a question posed by the Democratic Alliance in Parliament, the department said it could not impose any penalties because it felt that the delays were due, among other things, to a court interdict obtained by one of the unsuccessful bidders against Tasima.

The department said: "This interdict was granted on a temporary basis until it could be heard in court and was dismissed with costs when it was heard in the High Court.

"The project had to be delayed for a period of six months because of this legal challenge."

It was also discovered somewhere in the middle of the project that the consortium would have to do more work than previously thought.

"During the execution of the contract, the critical milestone dates had to be revised due to various factors, such as additional functionalities in the software development baseline; additional sites to be deployed, additional work stations and printers to be deployed."

The DA, however, questioned the rationale behind the department's flexibility.

The party's spokesperson on transport, Donald Lee said: "Why did the department accept such significant delays in a more than R400m contract without so much as a discount on the original cost?

"Why must the department and the South African public and business continue to pay for this system?" he asked.