The Anti-Corruption Commission has appealed the Civil Court’s ruling against the commission’s decision to terminate border control system contracted to Malaysia’s Nexbis Limited in November 2010.
The court ruled in January 2011, that ACC does not have the legal authority to order the Department of Immigration and Emigration to terminate the project agreement.
ACC filed a court case against the Rf500 million (US$39 million) Nexbis system in November 2011, two days after cabinet decided to resume the project. The decision contradicted ACC’s earlier command to terminate the existing agreement with Nexbis and re-tender the project with the cabinet’s consent.
In 2010, the ACC announced it had received “a serious complaint” regarding “technical details” of the bid, and issued an injunction pending an investigation into the agreement citing “instances and opportunities” where corruption may have occurred.
After the investigation, the commission deemed the procedure of awarding the project to Nexbis was corrupt, and ordered the Immigration Department to terminate the project.