Natasha Marrian Deputy editor: Financial Mail

Global information technology consultancy Gartner on Tuesday admitted that the SA Revenue Service (Sars) did not receive value for money for its work and pleaded ignorance over the illegality of the contract it entered into with the tax agency. Patrick Monyeki, a businessman linked closely to suspended commissioner Tom Moyane, was at the centre of much of the questioning around the R200m Gartner contract at the Nugent commission of inquiry into Sars on Tuesday. His company, Range Wave, played a central role in attempts to revamp the agency’s IT environment with Gartner. Gartner describes itself as a world leader in IT, present in 100 countries with $3.9bn in annual revenue. It is a member of the S&P 500, yet its representatives battled to answer questions around ethical conduct in the public sector and how it entered into illegal contracts with Sars in SA without red flags raised by its oversight office based in the UK. The Nugent inquiry heard evidence over the past two weeks of th...

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