Publication: City Press Issued: Date: 2003-11-12 Reporter: Sapa

No Ruling Yet in Corvette Case



City Press

Date 2003-11-12



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Judgment was reserved on Wednesday in a Cape High Court bid to prevent the installation of hi-tech radar tracking systems in South Africa's new corvette fleet.

Cape Town company CCII, which markets the systems, said in an urgent application earlier this week that an agreement concluded in 2000 stipulated CCII had to be paid before Reutech Radar Systems could install the devices.

Some of the devices had been delivered to Reutech, but had not been paid for, and R13.5m was outstanding.

Reutech denied CCII owned the systems and told Judge André Blignault it had already paid R14m.

The first of the corvettes, the SAS Amatola, arrived in Simon's Town last week from the Hamburg shipyard where she was built.

The corvettes are part of the government's multibillion-rand arms package.

Earlier this year, CCII, which is headed by managing director Richard Young, launched a R150m lawsuit after it lost a subcontract to supply information management systems for the corvettes.

The contract was awarded to Detexis Systems, a sister company of African Defence Systems which has been linked to the firm of deputy president Jacob Zuma's friend, Schabir Shaik.

With acknowledgements to Sapa and City Press.