Journalist Susan Comrie told Midday Report host, Stephen Grootes, she is surprised by SAP labeling the amaBhungane and Daily Maverick investigation as "unsubstantiated". The investigation shows how a R100 million payment was made by SAP to a Gupta controlled company as some sort of commission to secure a Transnet contract.
Comrie says interviews were done with the local SAP officials and a service agreement exists between them and the small 3D printing company. She added that SAP has a well established relationship with Transnet. Comrie said it was unclear why SAP would use this company given their existing history with Transnet. SAP in a statement has rejected media reports that kick backs were made to sub contractors.
This very little company that sells 3D printers has no experience in software and there's no indication that this company if up for that job.— Susan Comrie, amaBhungane investigative unit
R100 million was paid to this company in one year. We've seen Gupta related companies have been playing a gate keeper role with state owned enterprises.— Susan Comrie, amaBhungane investigative unit