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“The Thomson Reuters scandal: Former OCJ officials accused of corruption in lucrative IT contract”

Three former high-ranking officials from the Office of the Chief Justice (OCJ) made an appearance at the Johannesburg Specialised Commercial Crime Court.
The trio faces faced charges of contravening the Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act (PRECCA).
Yvonne Van Niekerk, who previously served as the Director of Court Operations, Nkosikhona (Nathi) Mncube, the former OCJ spokesperson and Chief Director of Court Administration, and Casper Coetzer, the former Chief Financial Officer and Bid Adjudication Committee Chairperson, are accused of misusing their positions to negotiate and award a lucrative IT contract worth R225 million to Thomson Reuters, an international media and technology company.
The contract in question was related to the national online caselines management system.
It is alleged that during the negotiations to renew the contract, Coetzer appointed Van Niekerk and Mncube to the Bid Specification Committee and price negotiations, respectively, with the intention of securing a bid for a subcontract to a company called ZA Square Consulting (Pty) Ltd (ZAC).
Further investigations revealed that all three individuals were listed as directors of ZAC. According to Phindi Mjonondwane, the Regional Spokesperson for the National Prosecuting Authority in the Gauteng Local Division, the accused stood to benefit 30% from the R225 million contract they were negotiating on behalf of the OCJ.
Mjonondwane also stated that although the accused had disclosed their directorship in ZAC, they had claimed that the company was dormant.
The trio was released on bail of R10,000 each and is scheduled to return to court on February 7, 2024, for the disclosure of the docket contents.

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