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newsGroundUp reports that about 66 former employees of Tasima, a company contracted by the Department of Transport’s Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) to build a traffic information system, have not been paid salaries since December 2018.  

The electronic National Traffic Information System built by Tasima is the Department of Transport’s official register for vehicles, driving licenses, contraventions and accident data.  Tasima was contracted by RTMC in 2001 to build eNaTIS.  It was initially a five-year contract, but according to RTMC, Tasima “clung onto the contract” and made about R2.5bn when the contract was supposed to cost R335m, according to court papers.  In 2016, the Constitutional Court ordered Tasima to hand over eNaTIS and related services to RTMC.  Tasima and RTMC are in a legal dispute about whether RTMC was obligated to insource Tasima’s employees after eNaTIS was handed over to the Department.  The former Tasima employees have not been fired or retrenched by RTMC or Tasima, but they have not been paid by either in the last eight months.  “The consequence is that while the RTMC exhausts its appeal processes, the employees and their dependants (including children and the elderly) will suffer (and are suffering) substantial and irreversible harm,” read Tasima’s court papers.  Tasima filed an urgent application in the Constitutional Court asking it to order RTMC to pay the employees’ salaries while Tasima and RTMC litigate further on insourcing the employees. The matter was heard last Tuesday.

  • Read the full original of the above GroundUp report by Zoë Postman at Fin24

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