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Gijima, South Africa’s unlisted technology firm, has called for a criminal probe into T-Systems contract with state-owned enterprise Transnet.

According to a City Press report, Transnet CEO Siyabonga Gama has launched a court application to set aside the board’s decision to award a R2.5 billion tender to the Gupta-linked German information technology (IT) company T-Systems.

The five-year tender could have been awarded to business Gijima Holdings, which scored the highest points.

“We are dismayed and disillusioned that major German-owned companies have been involved in state capture and corruption with impunity, while local companies are cheated of contracts,” Gijima’s chief operating officer, Maphum Nxumalo, told City Press.

He called for a criminal and forensic probe into T-Systems’ contract and the unlawful tender award.

T-Systems has been providing IT services to Transnet over the past seven years, at a cost of about R500 million a year.

City Press established T-Systems’ link to the Guptas through a data services contract that the company ceded to Zestilor, after inheriting it through its purchase of Arivia.com in 2009.

The cession contract – approved and signed by erstwhile Transnet CEO Brian Molefe on December 1, 2014 – benefited Zestilor. Zestilor was owned by Zeenat Osmany, the wife of Gupta associate Salim Essa.

Gama wants the court to declare the board’s action “invalid and unlawful” and wants the tender to be reviewed and set aside.

On 4 May 2015, Gijima shares were suspended on the JSE. The technology company voluntarily delisted from the bourse on 12 May 2015 – after 15 years as a listed entity.

However, the technology firm continues to do business as a private, unlisted business.

Gijima gained popularity in the stock market by rescuing a technically insolvent AST in 2005.

It is owned by Robert Gumede, who shot to prominence the same year after he bought 37% of AST.

The company changed its name to GijimaAST.

The company, which is led by its CEO Eileen Wilton, was delisted to focus on executing its turnaround strategy away from the scrutiny of the market.