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Robert Gumede to serve summons on Sunday Independent

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Gumede's lawyers plan to serve the summons on the newspaper after it said the SIU was investigating a tender awarded to his IT firm, Gijima.

Businessman Robert Gumede. (Gallo)

Businessman Robert Gumede's legal team plans to serve a summons on the Sunday Independent soon, his lawyers said on his behalf on Saturday.

"[The legal team] are quantifying the damage to his reputation and the irreparable losses suffered by his companies, which operate globally, as a result of the defamatory article, which damages will exceed R1-billion," Brian Kahn Inc said.

Earlier this month, Gumede threatened to sue the newspaper, deputy editor Japhet Ncube, and reporter Mogomotsi Magome over an article published on March 2 under the headline "ANC funder probed".

The report claimed that Gumede's JSE-listed IT firm, Gijima, was the subject of an investigation authorised by President Jacob Zuma.

The report alleged that Zuma signed a proclamation for the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) to probe the R360-million tender awarded by the rural development department to Gumede's company. – Sapa

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