Digital Vibes: Trial of State Agency Employee Accused of Accepting Bribe Continues

Lizeka Tonjeni in the dock, accused of accepting a R160,000 bribe from Digital Vibes.

  • Lizeka Tonjeni appeared in the Pretoria Specialist Commercial Crime Court on Monday.
  • She is on trial for allegedly accepting a R160,000 bribe from communications company Digital Vibes while working at Municipal Infrastructure Support Agent.
  • On Monday, the court heard testimony from MISA’s director of legal services, Lufefe Sigcau.

The trial of an employee of the Municipal Infrastructure Support Officer (MISA), Lizeka Tonjeni, is due to continue in the Pretoria Specialist Commercial Crimes Court on Tuesday.

Tonjeni is accused of accepting a R160,000 bribe from Digital Vibes to advance the company’s interests while she was the project manager of the contract she was awarded in 2018.

She pleaded not guilty to one count of bribery.

READ | State agency employee accused of accepting bribe from Digital Vibes pleads not guilty

On Monday, the court heard testimony from MISA’s director of legal services, Lufefe Sigcau, who was asked about various minutes of a bid specification committee, which he chaired at the time.

He also helped the court understand how the meetings were going and who was involved.

Sigcau also spoke of a service level agreement between MISA and Digital Vibes, but said he was not “personally involved in the signing”.

When asked by the prosecutor, attorney Willem Van Zyl, if he had ever met with any of the directors of Digital Vibes, Sigcau said he met Tahera Mather at the MISA offices in Centurion.

Last week, the court heard testimony from MISA Free State director Simon Rapulane, who had spent most of his chief testimony testifying about the awarding of the contract to Digital Vibes.

During his testimony, the court heard that the company did not meet the requirements for a MISA tender; the 3.9 million rand contract was awarded to him anyway.

Rapulane had direct knowledge of the tender as he was chairman of the tender award committee which effectively approved the recommendation of the tender evaluation committee to award the contract to Digital Vibes.

Going through the tender documents, Van Zyl asked Rapulane about the specific requirements that bidders had to meet if they wanted to be in the running for the tender.

Requirements included that the project manager should have 10 years of industry experience and hold a specialized degree in marketing, public relations or communications.

If the requirements, which were part of the specifications, were not met, Rapulane testified, the bidder could not be named.



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