Gartner wasn’t the first choice, Nugent Commission told

Suspended SARS commissioner Tom Moyane in Parliame

Suspended SARS commissioner Tom Moyane in Parliament on Tuesday. (Photo: Jan Gerber, News24)

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The Nugent Commission’s attention on
Tuesday shifted from Bain & Company to the R200m IT contracts SARS signed
with advisory firm Gartner.

While Bain was tasked with overhauling
the SARS operating model, Gartner was appointed to provide a multi-phased IT
strategy for the tax agency.

According to deputy director general
and acting chief procurement officer at National Treasury Solly Tshitangano, seven
transactions were entered into between SARS and Gartner. The current contract is set to expire
on November 30, 2020.

The contract, approved by suspended
Commissioner Tom Moyane, deviated from standard tender process, raising
questions over the criteria used to appoint the firm.

READ: Sars hits back in standoff with
Gordhan

According to Tshitangano’s testimony, Gartner was not the first choice. EOH Mthombo were first option for the contract, Tshitangano said.

Gartner extended 40% of its contract
fee to Rangewave, a local company which has ties to Moyane through his longtime
friend, businessman Patrick Monyeki, according
to a report by Daily Maverick.

In his evidence, Tshitangano stated
that Moyane was directly involved in the Gartner transaction and that there
were no minutes for some of the meetings that took place between SARS and the
firm, which suggested the firm could have been involved in the discussion of
terms of reference for its work.

Like Bain, Gartner is an US-based firm.

The commission will resume on
Wednesday, with several SARS senior managers scheduled to give evidence.

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