Two companies – each as politically connected as the other – have it out in court over awarding of contract.
Dube TradePort – a KZN-run parastatal long viewed as a cash cow of the politically connected, has just stuck it to a construction company long viewed as a recipient of dodgy tenders because of its connections.
On 21 May this year Judge Graham Lopes of the High Court in Durban ruled that the Dube TradePort Corporation was right in not awarding a 2016 tender for a bulk earthworks contract, valued at approximately R500 million, to Pinetown-based Aqua Transport and Plant Hire (Pty) Ltd but rather to Rokwil (Pty) Ltd from upmarket Kloof in Durban. Dube TradePort is situated at King Shaka International Airport.
Aqua was also rebuked by Judge Lopes because their “heads of argument are replete with nouns and adjectives designed to impugn the integrity” of both Rokwil and TradePort CEO Hamish Erskine.