A Durban bus company that was disqualified, along with a related company, from a city tender for “collusive bidding” has taken the matter to the Durban High Court for a review of the decision.
Combined Transport and KZT Bus Services, an associate company, took part in an open tender to provide a public transport service from the old Durban airport to King Shaka International Airport.
Both were disqualified in July last year because of allegations of collusion and bid-rigging.
In his affidavit filed with the court on Monday, Combined Transport’s general manager, Vikesh Maharaj, said he was informed that the tender was unsuccessful because both companies had the same owner, Ishwarlall Mangaroo, similar organisational structures as well as the “services of a similar auditing firm”.
However, Maharaj said that although the companies had similar shareholders, they were not owned by the same person, although Mangaroo was the managing director of both.
The matter was adjourned to give the municipality time to file its papers before the matter is set down on the court’s opposed roll.