Robert Gumede to serve summons on Sunday Independent

Businessman Robert Gumede. (Gallo)

Businessman Robert Gumede. (Gallo)

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'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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