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Court decision could influence Justice Dept’s next step on tender

The Dept is awaiting outcomes of an audit into a controversial multi-million rand prison tender.

YouTube screengrab of Justice Minister Michael Masutha in Parliament.

CAPE TOWN - Justice and Correctional Services Minister Michael Masutha says a court decision on a controversial multi-billion rand prison tender might influence how the department deals with the fallout.

The R378 million contract to Integration Integrated Solutions, for the inmate management information system, has come into question after Treasury flagged the awarding of the tender as irregular.

Earlier this month, Masutha confirmed in Parliament that he'd replied to Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan's letter, instructing that the contact be cancelled.

The company has since approached the courts challenging the decision.

He says his department will now await the court's decision.

"We will take appropriate action based on whatever findings that the court makes, until then I'd encourage all speculation to be held and allow due process to take its course."