According to SABC spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago, the two parties appeared in the Johannesburg High Court on September 1 where the SABC was accused of awarding a R383-million tender to a 100% foreign-owned and not a BEE-compliant company. This is in spite of the SABC procurement committee’s recommendation that local black-owned company Digital Horizons get the tender.
align=justifyKganyago says Digital Horizons has taken the SABC to court because “they feel that they should have been awarded the tender because they are a South African company”.
align=justifyDigital Horizons was the preferred bidder until an ad hoc committee headed by SABC board chair Kanyi Mkonza handed the contract to Sony.
align=justifyThe company then filed an urgent application at the Johannesburg High Court on July 22, asking it to prevent the board from giving the deal to Sony. It was postponed to August 12 for hearing in a civil court and then postponed again to September 1.
align=justifyKganyago says the matter is now before the Johannesburg High Court, “so I cannot comment further”.