Parliament's Standing Committee on Public Accounts wants the South African Police Services (Saps) to answer why Forensic Data Analysis (FDA) is threatening to shut down its software used by the police due to non-payments.
The FDA says that Saps and Sita have not paid any of the invoices issued to it from 1 December until 31 March this year.
Scopa chair, Themba Godi says the committee wants to know the nature of the contract between Saps and FDA.
Somehow FDA still has access and can shut the system off at any time they want, which raises the question what is the nature of the contract?— Themba Godi, Scopa chairperson
Is Saps renting this equipment from FDA or are they owned by Saps? If they are owned by Saps how then can one company have the power to close the entire criminal justice system of a country?— Themba Godi, SCOPA chairperson
Godi says in their understanding as Scopa, Saps through Sita acquired equipment from FDA and layer they signed a maintenance contract.
The question that arises is what is the nature of the contract and how is it in such a way that the police and the NPA can be dependent purely and totally on an external company to an extent that at a press of a button switch off the systems. That is a serious security risk that I don't think anybody can explain away.— Themba Godi, SCOPA chairperson
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