The North Gauteng High Court has dismissed with costs an application to set aside the biggest printing and distribution contract in the country. The R3 billion tender to print millions of school books for 24 000 public schools was challenged by CTP JV, in which Caxton’s CTP Limited is a major player. Novus has been granted the contract.
This is a second blow for the media giant of which Lowveld Media in Mbombela is a part. Recently Caxton and Independent Media were fined millions by the Competition Commission for price fixing.
Novus and Caxton had been fighting over this contract since 2016.
According to Moneyweb, Caxton was quoted as being “disappointed” and cited chairman Paul Jenkins as Caxton having “issues with some of the conclusions reached in the judgment”.
CTP JV wanted the court to declare the tender award constitutionally invalid and set aside, to have it re-evaluated and to order Novus to repay all profits it has earned while the “unlawful” contract was running. Judge John Murphy however dismissed the application with costs, including the cost of three counsel.
Who was it who said that something is only unlawful if it pertains to others?