The GijimaAst team - which is working on the controversial Who Am I Online contract - again has access to Department of Home Affairs buildings in Pretoria.
According to a statement issued by GijimaAst on Monday, the department has retracted its decision to refuse the team entry to its premises. This was announced in a letter received from the state attorney on Sunday evening.
On Saturday employees of GijimaAst were denied access to the group's offices in the buildings, which they were using to perform their contractual duties.
The conflict apparently arises from a letter sent by the department to GijimaAst on Tuesday, stating that the contract was invalid.
The contract was signed in 2008 and is currently worth about R3.9bn. It concerns the creation of an IT system to form the basis of Home Affairs' administration.
Part of the contract has already been concluded and GijimaAst has been paid accordingly. GijimaAst maintains that the contract is valid and enforceable. The group threatened litigation to have this ratified in the High Court, but has to date not announced any official steps.
The Department of Home Affairs previously said it did not wish to become involved in a public debate on the issue. By publication deadline on Monday Home Affairs spokesperson Ronnie Mamoepa had not provided Sake24 with the department's standpoint.
On Thursday last week GijimaAst's share price tumbled 11.3% to R1.09 after the company issued a statement relating to the department's initial correspondence. On Monday the share price closed at R1.01.
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